Jill Freedman

If I had to describe Jill Freedman in a couple of words it would be, “OG Boogie”. Jill Freedman is a photographer who lived in New York in the 70’s and 80’s, taking photos of the darker, seedier side of life. She captured all sorts of facets of life, from prostitutes to firefighters to men dressed in drag to homeless children on the street. Her gritty documentary style photography echoed that of the 30’s, capturing moments that now look completely foreign to the streets of New York.

I think her photographs are beautifully gritty. They showcase such a diverse range of people, places, and events but they paint such an amazing picture of incredibly crazy city. The New York Times has a great article about her and her life which is pretty interesting and also hints at a possible return to photography in her future.


April 29, 2008