The Story of Segregation, One
Photo at a Time

The insistent eye of Gordon Parks, Photojournalist

January 18, 2016  By Lit Hub Photography
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In 1956 Gordon Parks traveled to Alabama for LIFE magazine to report on race in the South. Photographing the day-to-day life of an African-American family, Parks was able to capture the tenderness and tension of a people abiding under a pernicious and unjust system of state-mandated segregation. Sixty years on these photographs still resonate with the emotional truth of the moment.

Segregation Story, photographs by Gordon Parks, introduction by Charylayne Hunter-Gault · Available February 28th from Steidl.

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton, Mobile, Alabama, 1956 © The Gordon Parks Foundation Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956 © The Gordon Parks Foundation At Segregated Drinking Fountain, Mobile, 
Alabama, 1956 © The Gordon Parks Foundation Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956 © The Gordon Parks Foundation Department Store, Mobile, Alabama, 1956 © The Gordon Parks Foundation

Untitled, Alabama, 1956 © The Gordon Parks FoundationUntitled, Alabama, 1956 © The Gordon Parks Foundation

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Untitled, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956 © The Gordon Parks Foundation




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