Gordon Parks' 1950s Photo Essay On Civil Rights-Era America Is As Relevant As Ever

August 20, 2014 12:55 PM

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Gordon Parks' 1950s Photo Essay On Civil Rights-Era America Is As Relevant As Ever

Going to church. Playing around the house. Window shopping. These are the types of everyday, seemingly innocuous activities that wound up before the lens of iconic civil rights photographer Gordon Parks. Parks, a self-taught artist, believed in the photographic medium as a weapon of change, capable of awakening people's hearts and undoing prejudice.

An exhibition of Parks' rare color photographs, entitled "Gordon Parks: Segregation Story," will go on view this fall at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The photos capture a particularly disturbing moment in American history, captured via the lives of an African American family, the Thorntons, li...

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