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THE ITALIANS

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The Italians, of which this exhibition is eponymous, was published in 2011, five years after the world-famous Magnum photographer's death. The work that it encompasses was a lifetime pursuit of Freed – he once referred to his relationship with Italy as a 'love story'.

Early in his professional work Leonard Freed discovered New York City’s Little Italy and then later throughout his long career he made more than forty-five trips to Italy. The images capture the joys of childhood, love, marriage, and the celebration of family and food. Freed wrote: "If it is true that a nation’s reputation for hospitality comes from its natives, Italy will always be at the top of my list… There is an Italian saying: ‘When you sit at my table you are a member of the family.’ How true.”

The Directors of Leica Gallery have worked closely with Leonard Freed's widow, Brigitte, to curate this posthumous exhibition.

For further information visit Leica Gallery NY

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