external Cops, Clowns and Cameras: An Introduction to the Photography of Jill Freedman —NY Times

The photographer Jill Freedman — at 74, “still like a rebellious adolescent” — may not be a household name, but her photography, and her life story, could fill volumes…

During the 1970s and 1980s, she rode atop fire engines, traded expletives with cops and joined the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus. She patiently gained access and produced books — “Firehouse,” “Circus Days” and “Street Cops.” Long before reality television, those books showed the real inside story.

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