Untitled, Chicago, Illinois

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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
Untitled, Chicago, Illinois
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sheet and image: 13 1/2 x 9 1/2 in. (34.3 x 24.1 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase through the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation

Mediums Description
gelatin silver print
  • Cityscape – Kansas – Fort Scott
  • Architecture Interior – commercial – tavern
  • Ethnic – African-American
  • Recreation – leisure – smoking
  • Figure male – full length
  • Cityscape – Illinois – Chicago
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