Roland L. Freeman—Portfolio at Ogden Museum of Southern Art

By March 06, 2021
Roland Freeman, Howard University Student, Washington, D.C., 1979; Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches.
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Roland Freeman, Mrs. Viola Allen, Africatown, AL, 1985; Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches.
Roland Freeman, Ruby Quick, Wilford Streeter, and Claudie Mae Bright. In the Sand Hills, Near Bennettsville, SC, 1979; Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches.

The photographs contained within the Roland L. Freeman – Portfolio span from 1969-1985. These images were culled from hundreds of published and unpublished photographs made by the photographer. It is a visual testament to the spirit and resilience of the Black communities in the South. These twelve photographs speak to the cultural diversity and regional traditions of Black American life – from the rural countryside to the urban city centers of the South.

from the accompanying exhibition text

Roland Freeman, Hallway of Polk Home, Americus, GA, 1971; Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches.
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Roland Freeman, Cigar Box Fiddler Scott Dunbar, Mississippi, 1975; Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches.
Roland Freeman, Getting Acquainted, Sunday Afternoon in Druid Hill Park, Baltimore, MD, 1973; Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches.
Roland Freeman, Community Elders, Mississippi, 1975; Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 inches.
Roland Freeman, Before Sunday Evening Service, St. Helena Island, SC, 1980; Gelatin silver print, 20 x 16 inches.

Roland L. Freeman: Portfolio is on view at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans beginning March 27 through September 5, 2021.

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