Composite Drawing of Suspect at Task Force HQ, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Leonard Freed, American, 1929 - 2006



Gelatin silver print

Image: 8 11/16 × 5 7/8 in. (22 × 14.9 cm)

Sheet: 9 3/8 × 7 in. (23.8 × 17.8 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Kate and Bart Osman, Class of 1990, Tuck 1996



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

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Research Area


Not on view


Signed, on reverse, in graphite, lower right: Leonard Freed; numbered, on reverse, in graphite, upper left: LFATL-01 / 3000; inscribed, on reverse, in blue ink, upper right: U.S.A. Negres (Atlanta); inscribed, on reverse, in graphite, lower left: 1981 ATLANTA – USA / UNIQUE; stamped, on reverse, in purple ink, left facing right: ATLANTA, 24 black youths slain in 21 months, April 81 Distrib.81.73 [underlined] / Atlanta police have found yet another body in a river not far from / the city, a dumping ground used by a killer who so far has taken the / lives of 24 young blacks in the past 21 months. A local TASK FORCE is / operating “day and night” with the FBI in trying to track down the / killer who has terrorized the black community. The Mayor of Atlanta / Maynard Jackson said that the mysterious disappearance did not / indicate a “great crime wave sweeping the city”, and that about the same / number were missing in 1978. The Chief of Police Lee. P. Brown, has / between 300 to 1700 men working on this problem and in the TASK FORCE / alone there are 70 men including a large share from the FBI. / Photos by Leonard Freed/MAGNUM Photos, 2 Rue Christine, Paris 6e; stamped, on reverse, in purple ink, lower center: 18. Composite drawing of suspect at TASK FORCE HQ.; stamped, on reverse, in pink ink, upper right facing left: Copyright / abc / press / 24 APR. 1981 / O.Z. Achterburgwal 141 / 1012 DG Amsterdam / Telef. 249413 / Telegr. Abcpress / Telex 13498


Kate and Bart Osman, Greenwich, Connecticut; given to present collection, 2013.

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