MSPF 2016 FEATURED ARTIST
DATE/TIME December 1st, 7PM
"Those early years were fired with an intensity and passion I had never felt before.
I was obsessed and driven. I thought about photography all of the time.
And my pictures, if no one else had liked them, it wouldn’t have mattered, I loved them."
Jill Freedman is a highly respected New York City documentary photographer whose award-winning work is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the International Center of Photography, George Eastman House, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the New York Public Library, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, among others.
After the assassination of Rev. Martin Luther King and the Vietnam War she opposed, she joined the Poor People’s campaign. “It was a week marching through different towns, and then sleeping in churches and peoples’ homes, and then six weeks in the mud in Washington,” she said. The photographs she took were published in her first book Old News: Resurrection City. She also entered the closed societies of firefighters and cops and joined the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus, gaining access and producing books- Firehouse, Circus Days and Street Cops.
Freedman spent a decade in Miami and worked for the Miami Herald. Her good friend, photographer Maggie Steber says: “I think she has been thoroughly under-recognized. To me, Jill is one of the great American photographers. Always has been and always will be.”
Freedman is best known for her street and documentary photography, recalling the work of André Kertész, W. Eugene Smith, Dorothea Lange, and Cartier-Bresson. She has published seven books:
Old News: Resurrection City; Circus Days; Firehouse; Street Cops; A Time That Was: Irish Moments; Jill’s Dogs; and Ireland Ever.