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Leo Friedman

( b. circa 1919 Brooklyn, New York, USA - d. Dec 02, 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ) Male
See Also: Friedman-Abeles

Mr. Friedman entered the theatre determined to be an actor, but after a chance shutterbug assignment while working under showman Mike Todd, he turned to photography. Following service in World War II, he joined forces with Joseph Abeles, a portrait photographer. A freelancer, Mr. Freidman's specialty was production photos. He caught shows on film for both producers, who hired him to take official shots for musicals and plays, and for the publications covering those shows.

Over a long career, he photographed 800 shows, including legendary titles like My Fair Lady, Barefoot in the Park, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, Bye Bye Birdie, The Entertainer, I Can Get It For You Wholesale, The Music Man, Purlie Victorious and Coco.

Of all the Friedman images that live in the collective consciousness of the American theatregoing public, the most famous is probably his indelible shot of West Side Story stars Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert running exuberantly through the tenement streets of New York's Hell's Kitchen.

His My Fair Lady photos included the familiar image of Rex Harrison's inquisitive Henry Higgins, notebook in hand, peering wonderingly and condescendingly down at the dirty, but offended flower girl Eliza Doolittle played by Julie Andrews.


ProductionsDate of Productions
[Play, Original]
  • Photographer: Friedman-Abeles
Jan 26, 1975 - Mar 22, 1975
Over Here!
[Musical, Original]
  • Photographer: Friedman-Abeles
Mar 06, 1974 - Jan 04, 1975
Noël Coward in Two Keys
Come Into the Garden Maud
[Play, Comedy, One Act, Original]
  • Photographer: Friedman-Abeles
A Song at Twilight
[Play, Comedy, One Act, Original]
  • Photographer: Friedman-Abeles
Feb 28, 1974 - Jun 29, 1974
[Musical, Comedy, Revival]
  • Photographer: Friedman-Abeles
Mar 13, 1973 - Sep 08, 1974
Sheep on the Runway
[Play, Original]
  • Photographer: Leo Friedman
Jan 31, 1970 - May 02, 1970
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
[Play, Original]
  • Photographer: Friedman-Abeles
       - Replacement
Jan 16, 1968 - Dec 14, 1968
A Cook for Mr. General
[Play, Comedy, Original]
  • Photographer: Friedman-Abeles
Oct 19, 1961 - Nov 11, 1961
Advise and Consent
[Play, Drama, Original]
  • Photographer: Friedman-Abeles
Nov 17, 1960 - May 20, 1961
Bye Bye Birdie
[Musical, Comedy, Original]
  • Photographer: Friedman-Abeles
Apr 14, 1960 - Oct 07, 1961
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