Harlem--Gang Warfare

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In 1948, Parks approached Life magazine with a proposal to do a freelance story on Harlem’s gangs. Editors were fascinated and offered Parks two hundred dollars to do the piece. “Harlem Gang Leader Red Jackson’s Life is One of Fear, Frustration and Violence” was a dramatic and poignant story told through unforgettable images and extended captions. Light barely touches the shadowy figures in Harlem – Gang Warfare, one of the photographs included in the essay. Shot from below, the picture captures the aggression but also the vulnerability of the young gang members.

African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond, 2012
Harlem--Gang Warfare
1948, printed 1950s
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Not on view.
sheet and image: 19 1/8 x 15 1/8 in. (48.5 x 38.3 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Cityscape – New York – Harlem
  • State of being – evil – violence
  • Figure group – male
  • Cityscape – New York – New York
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