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Leonard Freed, American, (October 23, 1929–November 11, 2006)
Couple kissing, men playing cards, Paris, France, 1977
Gelatin silver print on paper
8 x 10 in. (20.32 x 25.4 cm)

Object Type: Photography
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Sally Strauss and Andrew E. Tomback
Accession Number: 2013.26.39

While Freed most notably used his photography as commentary for various social justice movements, he was also fascinated by the everyday lives of those around him. Couple kissing, men playing cards is a seemingly innocent moment in the light of day: away from political struggle or economic strife, the photo’s subjects enjoy an afternoon of leisure.
The young couple kisses passionately, but their embrace goes unnoticed by the older men who are entrenched in their card game. Each wrapped up in their respective worlds, the figures demonstrate the complex nature of privacy on city streets.

Allegra Cox, SCR 2018

Signed, dated, and situated, and with copyright stamp and "Vintage Print" stamp on verso

vintage gelatin silver print

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