Leonard Freed was born in 1929. He was a noted American photojournalist and member of Magnum Photos. During his life Freed produced thirteen books and dozens of photo essays. His photographs are owned by the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum Folkwang, and the J. Paul Getty Museum. Recent Freed projects include a reprinting of his classic Black in White America and the publication of his posthumous book This Is the Day:
The March on Washington. He died in 2006.