At The New York Times
, the Lens blog has this set of "civil rights" images
by Gordon Parks
. These are images that are recently discovered and quite powerful. In this earlier post
I wrote the following, partially quoting Parks:
According to the FSA web page Parks once explained to an interviewer that he could not simply depict racists "and say, 'This is a bigot,' because bigots have a way of looking just like everybody else. What the camera had to do was expose the evils of racism, the evils of poverty, the discrimination and the bigotry, by showing the people who suffered most under it." So, unlike [Larry] Towell who is claiming that we should not depict the powerful, Parks is claiming that is is difficult, if not impossible to do so. Hence, for Parks, the need to focus on those who endure racism and its indiginties rather than on those who engage in racist actions and practices.
Just so. These images carry that recognition into practice.
Labels: Gordon Parks, race