Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950
Presented by Philip Brookman
Consulting curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Friday, June 12, 2020, 6 p.m.
During the 1940s, American photographer Gordon Parks (1912–2006) grew from a self-taught photographer making portraits and documenting everyday life in Saint Paul and Chicago to a visionary professional shooting for Ebony, Glamour, and Life. In this lecture Philip Brookman illustrates how Parks’s early experiences at the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, and Standard Oil Company (New Jersey), as well as his close relationships with Ralph Ellison, Langston Hughes, Roy Stryker, Charles White, and Richard Wright helped shape his groundbreaking style.