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In September 1956, "Life" magazine published a photo-essay by Gordon Parks entitled "The Restraints: Open and Hidden," which documented the everyday activities and rituals of one extended African American family living in the rural South under Jim Crow segregation. One of the most powerful photographs depicts Joanne Thornton Wilson and her niece, Shirley Anne Kirksey, ...more
Hardcover, 119 pages
Published February 28th 2015 by Steidl (first published September 30th 2014)
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"Segregation Story includes sixty photographs Parks made while working on the project. In many ways, they are even more powerful without any text, for words are like a small cup dipped into the deep well of these images, which are so rich in information–and, at times, in mystery."

–Barry Schwabsky on Gordon Parks: Segregation Story in the April/May 2015 issue of Bookforum

To read the rest of this review, go to Bookforum:
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Jul 31, 2016 Rhode rated it it was amazing
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Awesome! (Why is it always harder to describe the books you LOVE as opposed to the other ones?) Ok so, it's a book in three eloquent parts:

1. A full scale reproduction of a feature story on segregation in the South in LIFE Magazine's Sept 24, 1956 issue, plus the cover of that issue (which does not reference the story at all, which in turn becomes a subtle part of the story of course.)

2. The photo plates - gorgeous four color reproductions - made by famed photographer Gordon Parks for possible
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May 22, 2016 Sally rated it it was amazing
Although embedded in a time these photographs transcend time. Thanks to the Gordon Parks Foundation and the High Museum for keeping the legacy of Gordon Parks alive.
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Was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft.[2]

Parks also performed as a jazz pianist. His first job was as a piano player in a brothel.[9] His song "No Love," composed in another brothel, was performed over a national radio broad
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