This is the Day: The March on Washington


This is the DayThis Is the Day: The March on Washington presents Magnum photographer Leonard Freed’s powerful visual testimony of the March on Washington. The 75 photographs in this powerful volume, most of them never before published, were chosen from hundreds of images Freed made in the nation’s capital that day before, during, and after the march. These images present spectacular wide-angle views of the hundreds of thousands of marchers overflowing the National Mall, intimate group portraits of people straining to see the speakers, and tight close-ups of individual faces filled with hope and yearning, as epitomized by a young woman who throws her entire being into singing “We Shall Overcome.” [Publisher’s description.]

Credit: Photographs by Leonard Freed, foreword by Julian Bond, essay by Michael Eric Dyson, and afterword by Paul Farber. Published by J. Paul Getty Museum, February 2013.