Born into poverty in 1912, Gordon Parks eventually became on of the most influential photographers of his time. This journey and his early work is being highlighted by the National Gallery in their exhibit, Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950.
Parks, a two-time recipient of a Rosenwald Grant, was a self taught photographer. One of Park’s applications is on display in the exhibit. He began his career creating portraits of everyday life in Saint Paul and Chicago–by the end of the 1940s he was shooting for Ebony, Vogue, Fortune, and Life. This formative decade for Parks is the focus of the National Gallery’s exhibit.
Philip Brookman, a Rosenwald interviewee, curated the exhibit and Valerie Jarret, great-grand daughter of Tuskegee architect Robert Robinson Taylor who helped convince Rosenwald that black architects should design and build the Rosenwald Schools, contributed to the collection.
The opening of the exhibit coincides with the release of A new book, “Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940-1950,” published by the National Gallery of Art, The Gordon Parks Foundation and Steid.
To plan your visit to the National Gallery to view this incredible collection of Parks work, click this link: http://bit.ly/2AIweJG