Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks: Pittsburgh Grease Plant, 1944/46

Gordon Parks: Pittsburgh Grease Plant, 1944/46

By 1944, Gordon Parks had established himself as a photographer who freely navigated the fields of press and commercial photography, with an unparalleled humanist perspective. That year, Roy Stryker–the former Farm Security Administration official who was now heading the public relations department for the Standard Oil Company (New Jersey)–commissioned Parks to travel to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to document the Penola, Inc.…
Gordon Parks: Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Gordon Parks: Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison are both recognized as major figures in American art and literature: Parks, a renowned photographer and filmmaker, was best known for his poignant and humanizing photo-essays for Life magazine. Ellison authored one of the most acclaimed—and debated—novels of the 20th century, Invisible Man (1952). What is less known about these two esteemed artists is that…
Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

Gordon Parks, one of the most celebrated African American artists of his time, is the subject of this exhibition of groundbreaking photographs of Fort Scott, Kansas—focusing on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s, but also relating to Parks’s own fascinating life story. In 1948, Gordon Parks (1912–2006) became the first African American photographer to be hired full…