Untitled, Harlem, New York

Race of Poverty

Untitled, Harlem, New York


Gordon Parks

(American, 1912-2006)

published by

Life Magazine, March 8, 1968, p. 15

Gelatin silver print

Image: 16.2 x 24 cm (6 3/8 x 9 7/16 in.); Paper: 20.4 x 25.2 cm (8 1/16 x 9 15/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1994.278



Regarded as a major photojournalist, Gordon Parks has also earned considerable distinction as a writer, poet, novelist, composer, and filmmaker. In 1949 he was appointed a staff photographer for Life magazine and produced remarkable photo-essays on a wide range of personalities, events, and topics, including Winston Churchill, Paris fashions, Harlem street gangs, the civil rights movement, and South Africa. Photographed at an odd angle and through the bars of a bed frame, this poignant image depicts a young boy working on his homework in bed.

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