The Neighborhood Gathered to Watch (Somewhere within the building was a man with a concealed gun.)

Leonard Freed, American, 1929 - 2006



Gelatin silver print

Image: 6 1/16 × 9 in. (15.4 × 22.9 cm)

Sheet: 7 1/16 × 9 7/16 in. (17.9 × 24 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Jamie Osman Handwerker and Haim Handwerker



Place Made: United States, North America


20th century

Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed, titled & dated on verso with various agency stamps and annotations. : Signed, on reverse, in graphite, lower right: Leonard Freed; numbered, on reverse, in graphite, upper left: LF-PW-034.05; inscribed, on reverse, in graphite, upper left: 6000; inscribed, on reverse, in graphite, lower left: 1978 NEW YORK CITY. USA. / BOOK: “POLICE WORK” p. 34; inscribed, on reverse, in graphite, lower left: UNIQUE; numbered, on reverse, in graphite, lower center: 78-9-50-28A; stamped, on reverse, in purple ink, upper center: New York’s “Ninth Precinct Police Station” the home of Kojak, March 79 [underlined] / The 9th Precinct runs from 14th Street down Houston and Broadway to the / East River, the area is an ugly and terrifying place which is the home of / the terrorists of the Puerto Rican F.A.L.N., the Black Liberation Army, / and the HQ of NY’s Hells’ Angels. It is the worst block in the city, with its / stinking tenements with no heat, burnt out buildings, drunken derelicts / and junkies, muggers and rapists. You would not want to be in the 9th Pre- / cinct after dark if you could help it. To TV viewers around the world, / Kojak has brought them the realities of crime in the big cities, also / this police station is where Kojak is filmed. Psycho stabbers roam the / dark streets and since 1967 over 3.000 policemen have been killed in / America in the performance of their duties, and not one perpetrator has / gone to the electric chair. In NY alone there are over 2.000 homicides / a year and some cops feel it’s time for a return to vigilantes and / frontier justice. / (NY Times Magazine 21 January 1979) Photos Leonard Freed/MAGNUM D 79-2; stamped, on reverse, in purple ink, lower center: Photo 9. (78/9/50/28a) a criminal has just escaped a police chase in the 9th Precinct, police with bullet proof vests and rifles try to hunt him down in the derelict buildings.; stamped, on reverse, in black ink, lower center: VINTAGE PRINT; stamped, on reverse, in black ink, lower right: c [encircled] Leonard Freed-Magnum; stamped, on reverse, in pink ink, lower right facing left: Copyright / abc / press / 15 MART 1979 [facing right] / Amsterdam / N. Z. [illeg.] / Post Box 3694 / Telef. 249413 / Telegr. Abcpress / Telex 13494; several other inscriptions.


Harley and Stephen C. Osman, Stamford, Connecticut; lent to present collection, 2014; Jamie Osman Handwerker and Haim Handwerker, New York, New York; given to present collection, 2014.

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