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Gordon Parks' ethically complex depictions of crime in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Los Angeles, with previously unseen photographs

When Life magazine asked Gordon Parks to illustrate a recurring series of articles on crime in the United States in 1957, he had already been a staff photographer for nearly a decade, the first African American to hold this position. Pa
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Hardcover, 168 pages
Published June 25th 2020 by Steidl
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Vikas Singh
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a brilliant and possibly the only book that covers crime photography so sensitively. Three brilliant essays stand out- Bryan Stevenson, "The Lens of Gordon Parks: A Different Picture of Crime in America,"Nicole R. Fleetwood, "Policing and the Production of Crime” and Sarah Hermanson Meister, "Framing Crime in Photographs,"These three essays document the racial bias towards criminals, the discrimination against blacks, attempts by magazines like Life to portray Blacks being responsible fo ...more
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Apr 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
In 1957, Gordon Parks, the first African-American staff photographer at Life magazine (and at that time still the only African-American staff photographer at Life) was sent on assignment to photograph “Crime in the U.S.,” accompanying police officers on their beats and visiting locations such as prisons, hospitals, and morgues in four major U.S. cities (New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Los Angeles). Over the course of six weeks he took 300 color photographs, although only twelve were eventu ...more
T P Kennedy
Sep 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Beautifully presented and interesting book. However, it's quite slight - only a small selection of photographs taken for a Life story. The essays are well chosen. It's a nice volume but quite slender and not the best of the photographer's work. ...more
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Parks's photos border evocatively on the abstract; the original Life magazine article for which they were taken contains a deep examination of how to read statistics that I fear is far more advanced than any read on statistics in average newspapers and magazines of today. ...more
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Gordon Parks 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.

Parks is remembered for his activism, filmmaking, photography, and writings. He was the first African-American to work at Life magazine, and the first to write, direct, and
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