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Gordon Parks Exhibit, ‘Segregation,’ Available For Online Viewing


If you missed seeing Gordon Parks: Segregation Story when it was on exhibit this year in Boston or Atlanta, you can still view his historic exhibit online.

In an effort to show how segregation sliced through generations, Parks shot the photos in the 1950s for Life magazine. The photos show how three families of color coped with segregation in Alabama.

Whether you watch the exhibit online or travel to the Nov. 4 – Dec. 20 exhibit at the Salon 94 Freemans in New York, you will see about two dozen photographs that capture a watershed moment in time. Three families of many ages are featured in Park’s photo essay.

Jeanne Greenberg Rohaytn, the owner of Salon 94 said, “The images deserved to be seen in New York, especially given the dramatic role that images and their dissemination are currently playing in the conversation about race in this country.”

Artist Marilyn Minter said, “The images knocked me out when I saw them exhibited at the High Museum in Atlanta. They brought me back in time and captured a truth about what it was like to live there. It’s clear to me that he was risking his life taking some of those pictures.

Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft.[2]

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