Day and Night the Members of the Task Force try to Solve the Killings, Behind them Composite Portraits of the Suspects, Atlanta, Georgia

Leonard Freed, American, 1929 - 2006



Gelatin silver print

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

Sheet: 7 × 9 7/16 in. (17.8 × 23.9 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, and situated, and with typed description, copyright stamp and “Vintage Print” stamp and annotated “Unique” on verso. Signed, on reverse, in graphite, lower right: Leonard Freed; numbered, on reverse, in graphite, upper left: LFATL-04; inscribed, on reverse, in blue ink, upper left facing left: USA: Negers (Atlanta); inscribed, on reverse, in graphite, lower left: 1981 ATLANTA - USA; inscribed, on reverse, in graphite, lower center: UNIQUE; numbered, on reverse, in graphite, center: 11/36; inscribed, on reverse, in graphite, upper right facing left: 3500; stamped, on reverse, in pink ink, lower left: Copyright / abc / press / 24 APR. 1981 / O.Z. Achterburgwal 141 / 1012 DG Amsterdam / Telef. 249413 / Telegr. Abcpress / Telex 13498; 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: 20. Day and night the members of the TASK FORCE try to solve the / killings, behind them composite portraits of suspects.; stamped, on reverse, in black ink, lower center: VINTAGE PRINT; stamped, on reverse, in black ink, lower right: c [encircled] Leonard Freed-Magnum

Course History

ANTH 50.21/AAAS 88.17, Filmmaking & Visual Culture, Jesse Shipley, Summer 2022


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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