Gordon Parks

Historic July 18, 2012 7:54 am

Wonderful post on the Lens blog on Gordon Parks’ photographs during the Civil Rights era, reminding me of this incredible and intense work. See it, here. For some reason, seeing these moments in such vivid color makes it all the more absurd and unsettling to me.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton. Mobile Ala., 1956 – Gordon Parks – from the NY Times

Untitled. Mobile, 1956 – Gordon Parks – from the NY Times

Outside Looking In. Mobile, 1956 – Gordon Parks – from the NY Times

Untitled. Mobile, 1956 – Gordon Parks – from the NY Times

Willie Causey Jr. with a gun during the violence in Alabama. Shady Grove, 1956 – Gordon Parks – from the NY Times

Airline Terminal in Georgia. Atlanta, 1956 – Gordon Parks – from the NY Times

 

You can also see the series he did for LIFE in 1956 “The Restraints: Open and Hidden”

Gordon Parks – LIFE magazine 1956

Gordon Parks – LIFE magazine 1956

Gordon Parks – LIFE magazine 1956

 

and if you haven’t watched it already, an interview with Mr. Parks.

3 Comments

  • Jon-Marc

    Be sure to read the accompanying essay by my friend Maurice Berger (on the Lens blog). Really interesting insights that help put these photos in a deeper cultural context.

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