Gelatin silver print
Image: 21.8 x 32.5 cm (8 9/16 x 12 13/16 in.); Paper: 21.8 x 32.7 cm (8 9/16 x 12 7/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 55.9 cm (18 x 22 in.)
Courtesy and copyright the Gordon Parks Foundation
Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2002.72
A writer, musician, film director, and photographer, Gordon Parks (born 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas) is one of the most important and influential photojournalists of the 20th century. With talent, ambition, and persistence, Parks took portraits, covered the fashion industry, and documented events and people around the world. He is best known for photographs dealing with the social fabric of African Americans including life in Harlem in the late 1940s; the Black Muslim and civil rights movements of the 1960s; and portraits of the charismatic Black Muslim leader Malcolm X (1925–1965) and prizefighter Muhammad Ali (1942–2016). His photographs feature Parks at his best—at once lyrical, poignant, political, and beautiful.
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