Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument

September 27–December 17, 2017

This investigation of the editorial process behind Parks's photo-essay "Harlem Gang Leader" reveals unspoken conflicts between photographer, editor, subject, and truth.

  • Gordon Parks: Untitled, Harlem, New York, 1948; gelatin silver print; 13 1/4 x 10 3/8 in.; courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

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  • Saturday, September 30, 1 PM

    Panel Discussion: The Art and Activism of Gordon Parks

    This panel offers an appreciation of the influential photographer Gordon Parks and a critical examination of the processes that shaped his first Life magazine photo-essay. With Makeda Best, Tina Sacks, and Ken Light; moderated by Leigh Raiford.

  • Thursday, September 28, 12 PM

    Curator's Talk: Russell Lord on Gordon Parks

    The curator of Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument offers critical insights into Parks’s first photo-essay for Life magazine.