All photos: Chris Chen
Gordon Parks was one of the seminal figures of twentieth century photography. Never heard of him? Maybe the fact that he directed Shaft strikes a chord?
A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, Civil Rights, and urban life–namely Washington, DC. Credited as Hollywood’s first major African-American director, Parks was also a celebrated composer, author, and filmmaker who interacted with many of the most prominent people of his era-from politicians and artists to celebrities and athletes. His photography was featured everywhere, from Life to Vogue–thanks to Adamson Gallery in Adams Morgan, you can now visit a selection of his photographs (and we highly recommend that you do).
We stopped by the exhibition’s opening reception over the weekend and took a few photos; be sure to stop by Adamson to see them yourself by May31st.