September 8, 2012

A party introduces blacks to whites during the civil rights strikes. By Eve Arnold, Virginia, 1958.

A party introduces blacks to whites during the civil rights strikes. By Eve Arnold, Virginia, 1958.

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August 29, 2012

Banana Split. 1956. (Gordon Parks)


Banana Split. 1956. (Gordon Parks)

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August 28, 2012



New York Times: A Radically Prosaic Approach to Civil Rights Images

“Not all of the ‘Segregation’ photographs are as prosaic as the Thornton portrait. Some are ominous and intense, providing stark evidence of the unjustness of segregation and the ways it endangered democracy: the ‘colored only’ signs that marginalized one community as assuredly as they enriched another; the backbreaking labor; the squalor and overcrowding; and the unequal, ramshackle accommodations.

But most of the images are optimistic and affirmative, like the portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Thornton. They focus on the family’s everyday activities, and their resolve to get on with their lives as normally as possible, in spite of an environment that restricts and intimidates…”


“It is the very fullness, even ordinariness, of the lives of the Thornton family that most effectively contests these notions of difference, which had flourished in a popular culture that offered no more than an incomplete or distorted view of African-American life.”

wow. these are some of the most compelling photographs i’ve seen in a long time.


July 21, 2012


Recently The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered over 70 unpublished photographs by Parks at the bottom of an old storage box wrapped in paper and marked as “Segregation Series.” These never before series of images not only give us a glimpse into the everyday life of African Americans during the 50′s but are also in full color, something that is uncommon for photographs from that era.

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