Lawrence Fried (1926-1983), was an award-winning photojournalist who covered the political, social, and artistic events of his time for top publications such as Look, Life, The New York Times, The Saturday Evening Post, Vogue, and Parade Magazine. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, he was the most successful photographer at legendary New York Photo Agency PIX, Inc., and by the early 1970s had the distinction of having photographed the most Newsweek covers in the history of the magazine.
After returning from World War II, the New York City native immersed himself in the world of the theatre, excelling at capturing the essence of his subjects and creating a warm and easy-going connection with such established luminaries as Billy Wilder, Marlene Dietrich, and Ingrid Bergman. Soon he was creating iconic images of emerging stars like Audrey Hepburn, James Dean, Marlon Brando, Paul Newman, Julie Harris, Julie Andrews, Shirley MacLaine, and Meryl Streep. He captured the most notable musicians and visual artists of their day, such as Louis Armstrong, Bob Dylan, Bette Midler, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Georgia O’Keeffe, Richard Serra, Norman Rockwell, and Willem de Kooning. Photographs from an unpublished 1965 story on Andy Warhol were only recently discovered.
Fried covered the war in Vietnam, then worked as a travel photographer, capturing world leaders such as Chang Kai-shek and John F. Kennedy. A favourite of the Kennedy’s, Fried photographed Robert F. Kennedy, Senator Edward (Ted) Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy. His image of Robert F. Kennedy was chosen by the Senator for the cover of his book, To Seek A Newer World. His photograph of a mourning Jacqueline Kennedy and family resides in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution.
As president of the American Society of Magazine Photographers and co-founder of The Image Bank, Fried was a champion of photographers' rights; calling on friends such as Jay Maisel, Pete Turner, Walter Iooss, and Douglas Kirkland to join his campaigns.
Internationally renowned in his day, his early death kept his work from view for decades. His two daughters, Lauren Fried Wendle and Patricia Fried, uncovered a rich collection of original prints and are currently archiving this historic collection.