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Steidl

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Clth, 10 x 11.5 in. / 144 pgs / 80 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2015 p. 33   

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ISBN 9783869309187 TRADE
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Boston, MA
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 01/17/15-09/13/15

Parks traces the effects of segregation on the classmates of his youth

  

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Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott

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

"Railway Station Entrance, Fort Scott, Kansas" (1950) is reproduced from <I>Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott</I>.The first African American photographer to be hired full time by Life magazine, Gordon Parks was often sent on assignments involving social issues that his white colleagues were not asked to cover. In 1950 he returned on one such assignment to his hometown of Fort Scott in southeastern Kansas: he was to provide photographs for a piece on segregated schools and their impact on black children in the years prior to Brown v. Board of Education. Parks intended to revisit early memories of his birthplace, many involving serious racial discrimination, and to discover what had become of the 11 members of his junior high school graduation class since his departure 20 years earlier. But when he arrived only one member of the class remained in Fort Scott, the rest having followed the well-worn paths of the Great Migration in search of better lives in urban centers such as St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbus and Chicago. Heading out to those cities Parks found his friends and their families and photographed them on their porches, in their parlors and dining rooms, on their way to church and working at their jobs, and interviewed them about their decision to leave the segregated system of their youth and head north. His resulting photo essay was slated to appear in Life in the spring of 1951, but was ultimately never published. This book showcases the 80-photo series in a single volume for the first time, offering a sensitive and visually arresting view of our country's racialized history.
Gordon Parks (1912–2006) was born into poverty and segregation in Fort Scott, Kansas. The self-taught photographer also found success as a film director, author and composer. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts and over 50 honorary degrees.

"Railway Station Entrance, Fort Scott, Kansas" (1950) is reproduced from Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott.

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Life, Time

Eliza Berman

In 1950, Gordon Parks traveled to his hometown in Kansas to capture the impact of school segregation in America. The photo essay never ran, but his images and the story behind them have resurfaced after 65 years in obscurity.

Hyperallergic

Laura C Mallonee

But as a new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston reveals, that same year, photojournalist Gordon Parks — then the only black staff photographer at Life — proposed a story to his editors that might have actually done so had it ever been published. Parks wanted to represent ordinary African Americans within the magazine’s pages through a cover story about school segregation. The 38-year-old journalist would travel to his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas, to find and photograph his 11 former classmates from the all-black school he once attended.

vogue.com

Suzanne Shaheen

A glimpse into fifties segregated America by one of the most celebrated African-American photographers, Gordon Parks's Back to Fort Scott (Steidl) documents the return to his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas, and to other Midwestern cities in his journey to create portraits of each of his classmates.

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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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