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Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument
September 12, 2013 – January 5, 2014
The exhibition explores seminal photographer Gordon Parks’ first photographic essay for Life magazine in 1948, “Harlem Gang Leader.” Recording the gang wars that were then plaguing Harlem, the essay was the first milestone in Parks’ life-long career as a chronicler of the African-American experience. After gaining the trust of one particular group of gang members and their leader, Red Jackson, Parks was able to capture their activity in a series of photographs that are artful, poignant, and, at times, shocking.
The exhibition considers Parks’ photographic practice within a larger discussion about photography’s ability to convey meaning and narrative. Featuring vintage photographs, original issues of Life magazine, contact sheets, and proof prints, the exhibition raises important questions about the role of photography in addressing social concerns.
The works in the show are made available by The Gordon Parks Foundation.
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