- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 5, 2006

GARRISON, N.Y. (AP) — Leonard Freed, a documentary photographer who covered the American civil rights movement as well as societal issues in Israel, Germany, Cyprus and other parts of the world, died Nov. 30 of complications from cancer. He was 77.

Born in Brooklyn in 1929 to Eastern European Jewish immigrants, Mr. Freed traveled extensively as a freelance photojournalist, most recently in Brazil last year, said his wife, Brigitte. He joined Magnum Photos in 1972 and worked on assignment for the major international press, including Life, Paris Match, Der Spiegel, Stern, the New York Times Magazine and Fortune.

He produced more than a dozen books, including his landmark 1968 “Black in White America,” on the civil rights movement, and 1980s “Police Work,” on policing efforts in New York City.

He produced major essays on Poland, Asian immigration in England, North Sea oil development, the Romanian revolution, Spain since Francisco Franco, gambling in Atlantic City, N.J., and the Ku Klux Klan. He also shot four films for Japanese, Dutch and Belgian television.

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