Jill Freedman can spin a tale much like a spider’s web, wrapping you in its embrace like nothing else. The moment you begin listening to her gravelly voice you are transported to another world, to a time not that long ago but so very far away, a time when people told it like it was, come what may. Born in 1939 in Pittsburgh, Freedman studied sociology and anthropology before arriving in Greenwich Village in 1964. Starting her career as a singer in nightclubs, she picked up a camera on a whim, and never looked back.
Freedman recalls, “The first time I touched a camera, I went right out into the street with it. I quit my job after they murdered Martin Luther King, Jr.” In May 1968, she participated in the Poor People’s Campaign in Washington, D.C., during which she started photographing Resurrection City, built by the protesters on the Washington Mall. Three years later, she published her first book, documenting those events, a model she was to follow throughout her life.
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