Monday, March 23, 2015

Gordon Parks

Today I learned about African American photographer, Gordon Parks. While working as a railroad porter, he happened upon a magazine photo story about migrant workers. He was so moved and inspired by the images that he bought a used camera at pawn shop. That purchase changed his life forever. Gordon Parks became the first African American photographer for Vogue and Life magazine. In his most famous photo, as seen here, he conveyed the contradiction between segregation and freedom in America in the 1940s.

To see more of Parks' photography, click here.

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