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Fort Scott, Kansas

1950 Gordon Parks Born: Fort Scott, Kansas 1912 Died: New York, New York 2006 gelatin silver print sheet and image: 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (34.3 x 24.1 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Museum purchase through the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation © 1950, Gordon Parks Foundation 1998.121.2 Not currently on view


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After the death of his mother, sixteen-year-old Park’s close-knit family split up and he went to live with a sister in St. Paul, Minnesota. The arrangement lasted only a month. Evicted by his brother-in-law, he took to the streets. Working as a waiter in a dining car for the Northern Pacific Railroad, Parks discovered the power of documentary photography – images of “men, women, and children caught in their confusion and poverty” taken by Roy Stryker’s team of Farm Security Administration photographers – in magazines riders left behind, and he began taking pictures.


African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012

Keywords

Architecture Interior - commercial - tavern

Cityscape - Kansas - Fort Scott

Ethnic - African-American

Figure male - full length

Recreation - leisure - smoking

photography - photoprint

paper

gelatin silver

About Gordon Parks

Born: Fort Scott, Kansas 1912 Died: New York, New York 2006

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