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Leonard Freed, American, (October 23, 1929–November 11, 2006)
Memorial teddy bears hanging on fence, World Trade Center, New York City, USA, 2001
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: 2014.3.7


Commentary
Two teddy bears accompanied by tiny bows and wilted flowers hang on a fence shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Freed primarily tackled issues of social injustice, and the grief that galvanized New York following the World Trade Center’s destruction was inescapable. A photograph of one of the deceased, pinned to the bear at right, carries a solemn tribute: “We will always keep you in our hearts…”

Liam Machado, University of La Verne

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

Medium
vintage gelatin silver print

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