“Ultimately photography is about who you are. It’s the truth in relation to yourself. And seeking truth becomes a habit.”
– Leonard Freed, 1929-2006, American, photographer, photojournalist
Early in Freed’s career, Edward Steichen, then Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, bought three of his photographs for the museum.
Steichen told Freed that he was one of the three best young photographers he had seen and urged him to remain an amateur, as the other two were now doing commercial photography and their work had become uninteresting. ‘Preferably,’ he advised, ‘be a truck driver.’