Austin-based photographer and educator Eli Reed will be speaking on a panel with Michael Eric Dyson, Paul Farber, Jamel Shabazz, Deborah Willis and Brigitte Freed (wife of famed civil rights photographer and Magnum Photos member Leonard Freed) at the New York Public Library June 5.


 The March on Washington. © Estate of Leonard Freed – Magnum Photos (Brigitte Freed).

Reproduced in This Is the Day: The March on Washington. © Estate of Leonard Freed – Magnum Photos

This Is the Day: The March on Washington (Getty Publications 2013) presents Magnum photographer Leonard Freed’s visual testimony of the event that culminated in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s prophetic “I Have a Dream” speech. The photographs were chosen from hundreds Freed made in the nation’s capital that day—before, during, and after the march. They present wide-angle views of marchers overflowing the National Mall, group portraits of people straining to see the speakers, and close-ups of individual faces filled with hope and yearning. Accompanying them are an account of the preparations leading up to the march by civil rights activist and author Julian Bond; an introduction to the march by sociology professor and author Michael Eric Dyson; and a discussion of Freed’s approach to the project by scholar Paul Farber.

Copies of the book are available for purchase and signing at the event after the audience Q&A.

This illustrious panel discusses the role photography played during the civil rights movement, the photographic legacy of the march, and how image makers such as Freed have influenced a new generation of photojournalists who continue to use their cameras to raise awareness of social injustices. Special guest Brigitte Freed, widow of Leonard Freed also joins the discussion.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013, 6 – 8 p.m.


Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum (Map and directions)
Fully accessible to wheelchairs
First come, first served
FREE – Auditorium doors open at 5:30 p.m.


Address: New York Public Library, New York, NY

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