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Gordon Parks: Segregation Story

Foreword by Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Brett Abbott. Introduction by Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Text by Maurice Berger.

"Mother and Children, Mobile, Alabama" (1956) is reproduced from <I>Gordon Parks: Segregation Story</I>.In September 1956, Life magazine published a photo-essay by Gordon Parks entitled "The Restraints: Open and Hidden," which documented the everyday activities and rituals of one extended African American family living in the rural South under Jim Crow segregation. One of the most powerful photographs depicts Joanne Thornton Wilson and her niece, Shirley Anne Kirksey, standing in front of a theater in Mobile, Alabama, an image which became a forceful "weapon of choice," as Parks would say, in the struggle against racism and segregation. While 26 photographs were eventually published in Life and some were exhibited in his lifetime, the bulk of Parks' assignment was thought to be lost. In 2011, five years after Parks' death, The Gordon Parks Foundation discovered more than 70 color transparencies at the bottom of an old storage bin marked "Segregation Series" that are now published for the first time in Segregation Story.

"Mother and Children, Mobile, Alabama" (1956) is reproduced from Gordon Parks: Segregation Story.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

The New York Times Arts & Leisure

Randy Kennedy

Parks, raised in a poor tebnant-farming family, became one of the most celebrated photographers of his generation, not only because of his images, which often held a harsh mirror up to American racism, but also because of his writings — his memoirs and the semi-autobiographical novel "The Learning Tree" — and his 1971 action movie, "Shaft," which helped open new avenues for black actors and directors.

artsatl.com

Anderson Scott

What’s most interesting, then, is how little overt racial strife is depicted in the resulting pictures in Gordon Parks: Segregation Story, at the High Museum through June 7, 2015, and how much more complicated they are than straightforward reportage on segregation. Sure, there’s some conventional reporting; several pictures hinge on “whites/blacks only” signs, for example. But most of the pictures are studies of individuals, carefully composed and shot in lush color.

The New York Times - Lens

James Estrin

The rare transparencies had been rediscovered that year by Peter W. Kunhardt Jr., the executive director of the Gordon Parks Foundation, who found them in an unopened cardboard box in their archives. Although the photo was essentially unknown before then, it recently gained prominence when a cropped version of the image graced the cover of the book “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story,” which was published by Steidl as the catalog for the High Museum’s current show of the same name in Atlanta.

Garden & Gun

The Editors

Rare and striking images of everyday life in the Jim Crow South.

Bookforum

Barry Schwabsky

Along with the half-dozen spreads (containing twenty-six images) of the published article, Segregation Story includes sixty photographs Parks made while working on the project. In many ways, they are even more powerful without any text, for words are like a small cup dipped into the deep well of these images, which are so rich in information–and, at times, in mystery. Social issues are only part of the story. Parks had a particular genius for portraying the imaginative worlds of childhood–an image of two boys in overalls fishing, our view of them framed by moss-choked branches, is a masterpiece in itself.

The Telegraph

The Editors

Gordon Parks was born into poverty and segregation in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912. An itinerant labourer, he worked as a brothel pianist and railcar porter, among other jobs, before buying a camera at a pawnshop and teaching himself photography. In 1956, Life magazine published his photo-essay The Restraints: Open and Hidden, which revealed the day to day existence of African American families living in the rural South under Jim Crow segregation. The piece sought to show the magazine’s (largely white) audience that black people, even those living under segregation, lived full, rich and ordinary lives. For many years, the full series was thought lost, but in 2011, more than 70 colour transparencies were resdiscovered. Many of these beautiful images have been republished by Steidl, in the book Segregation Story.

Los Angeles Review of Books

Lilly Lampe

The portraits are classic Parks; they are sympathetic but not simpering, and aim to emphasize the subjects’ humanity rather than shallowly flatter.

CBS

The Editors

Gordon Parks courageous photography helped awaken America at the dawn of the civil rights era. He was a master of portraying people from every walk of life.

The Economist

The Editors

After nearly six decades much of the anger in America has dissipated and many wrongs have been righted, but the truth that Parks captured with his camera, his chronicle of suffering and redemption, of courage in the face of appalling injustice, still possesses an unsettling power.

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/18/2016

Gordon Parks: Segregation Story

Gordon Parks: Segregation Story

"Department Store, Mobile, Alabama" (1956) is reproduced in two remarkable publications by STEIDL. One is the monumental, 5-volume, slipcased Gordon Parks: Collected Works, and the other is Parks' deeply affecting Segregation Story. Maurice Berger writes, "Beyond their esteemed place in Parks' oeuvre, the segregation pictures are among the most important and efficacious civil rights photographs... The pictures Parks took for Life achieved one of his abiding goals as an artist and activist: to make visible the nuances of a story that many chose to ignore or dismiss. In the end, they offer nothing less than an alternative view of an epic struggle, reminding us that it was fought—and won—on many fronts, from the public square to the private home." continue to blog


GORDON PARKS MONOGRAPHS + ARTIST'S BOOKS

Gordon Parks: The Flavio Story

GORDON PARKS: THE FLAVIO STORY

STEIDL / THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9783958293441 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 1/23/2018
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Gordon Parks: Collected Works

GORDON PARKS: COLLECTED WORKS

STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9783958292628 | US $145.00

Pub Date: 5/23/2017
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Gordon Parks: I Am You

GORDON PARKS: I AM YOU

Edited with text by Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Felix Hoffman.

STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION/C/O BERLIN

ISBN: 9783958291829 | US $50.00

Pub Date: 11/22/2016
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Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem

INVISIBLE MAN: GORDON PARKS AND RALPH ELLISON IN HARLEM

STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION/THE ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO

ISBN: 9783958291096 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 6/28/2016
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Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

GORDON PARKS: BACK TO FORT SCOTT

Foreword by Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr. Introduction by Isabel Wilkerson. Text by Karen Haas.

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783869309187 | US $39.95

Pub Date: 5/26/2015
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Gordon Parks: Segregation Story

GORDON PARKS: SEGREGATION STORY

Foreword by Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Brett Abbott. Introduction by Charlayne Hunter-Gault. Text by Maurice Berger.

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783869308012 | US $45.00

Pub Date: 2/28/2015
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Gordon Parks: Collected Works

GORDON PARKS: COLLECTED WORKS

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783869305301 | US $185.00

Pub Date: 11/30/2012
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Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument

GORDON PARKS: THE MAKING OF AN ARGUMENT

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783869307213 | US $40.00

Pub Date: 10/1/2013
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Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family

GORDON PARKS: A HARLEM FAMILY

Edited by Thelma Golden, Elizabeth Gwinn, Lauren Haynes. Foreword by Raymond J. McGuire.

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783869306025 | US $40.00

Pub Date: 1/15/2013
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