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Leonard Freed
From January 20th 1975 to February 14th 1975
Spectre of Violence (1er volet / 1rst part)

"Leonard Freed found his subjects by following the New York police on their calls and most of his pictures depict the aftermath of violence. They focus on the victim rather than the attacker. The criminals are seldom shown, but theirs is a compelling subliminal presence in all the shots. They too are victims; of insecurity, a lack that no lock or intrusion detectors can correct. These criminals are losers in an even more profound way than their victims : they have lost (or never had) the ability to feel secure within the order of society through a clear recognition of their station. […] These photographs were first published two years ago by the Sunday Times Magazine of London. They accompanied an article written by George Feifer entitled «New York – A lesson for the world». The indignation aroused was immense. Even the liberal journalist Anthony Lewis of the New York Times, after agreeing that local conditions were 'hopeless…intolerable…inhuman' went on to theorize that this was the usual case of foreigners 'working off their jealousy at the power affluence of the U.S., taking pleasure in its troubles.'"
- Bogardi, Georges, "Art and Violence : 2 studies", The Montreal Star.

Bibliographie
- Bogardi, Georges, «Art and Violence : 2 studies», The Montreal Star.
- Gosselin, Claude, «Le spectre de la violence», Le Devoir, 8 mars 1975.