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Steidl/The Gordon Parks Foundation

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Clth, 9.75 x 11.5 in. / 168 pgs / 60 color / 10 bw.

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Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957

Edited with text by Sarah Hermanson Meister. Foreword by Peter W. Kunhardt Jr., Glenn D. Lowry. Text by Nicole Fleetwood, Bryan Stevenson.

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Gordon Parks’ ethically complex depictions of crime in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with previously unseen photographs

When Life magazine asked Gordon Parks to illustrate a recurring series of articles on crime in the United States in 1957, he had already been a staff photographer for nearly a decade, the first African American to hold this position. Parks embarked on a six-week journey that took him and a reporter to the streets of New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles. Unlike much of his prior work, the images made were in color. The resulting eight-page photo-essay “The Atmosphere of Crime” was noteworthy not only for its bold aesthetic sophistication, but also for how it challenged stereotypes about criminality then pervasive in the mainstream media. They provided a richly hued, cinematic portrayal of a largely hidden world: that of violence, police work and incarceration, seen with empathy and candor.

Parks rejected clichés of delinquency, drug use and corruption, opting for a more nuanced view that reflected the social and economic factors tied to criminal behavior and afforded a rare window into the working lives of those charged with preventing and prosecuting it. Transcending the romanticism of the gangster film, the suspense of the crime caper and the racially biased depictions of criminality then prevalent in American popular culture, Parks coaxed his camera to record reality so vividly and compellingly that it would allow Life’s readers to see the complexity of these chronically oversimplified situations. The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957 includes an expansive selection of never-before-published photographs from Parks’ original reportage.

Gordon Parks was born into poverty and segregation in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912. An itinerant laborer, he worked as a brothel pianist and railcar porter, among other jobs, before buying a camera at a pawnshop, training himself and becoming a photographer. He evolved into a modern-day Renaissance man, finding success as a film director, writer and composer. The first African-American director to helm a major motion picture, he helped launch the blaxploitation genre with his film Shaft (1971). Parks died in 2006.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957.'

Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957

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Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957

GORDON PARKS: THE ATMOSPHERE OF CRIME, 1957

Edited with text by Sarah Hermanson Meister. Foreword by Peter W. Kunhardt Jr., Glenn D. Lowry. Text by Nicole Fleetwood, Bryan Stevenson.

STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9783958296961
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Pub Date: 6/25/2020
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Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali

GORDON PARKS: MUHAMMAD ALI

STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION/THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART

ISBN: 9783958296190
USD $55.00
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Pub Date: 2/11/2020
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Gordon Parks: The Flavio Story

GORDON PARKS: THE FLAVIO STORY

STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9783958293441
USD $65.00
| CAN $87

Pub Date: 5/22/2018
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Gordon Parks: Collected Works

GORDON PARKS: COLLECTED WORKS

STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION

ISBN: 9783958292628
USD $145.00
| CAN $195

Pub Date: 5/23/2017
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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
USD $45.00
| CAN $60

Pub Date: 6/28/2016
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Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument

GORDON PARKS: THE MAKING OF AN ARGUMENT

STEIDL

ISBN: 9783869307213
USD $40.00
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Pub Date: 10/1/2013
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