Amon Carter Museum of American Art presents "Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950"
Amon Carter Museum of American Art will present "Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950," the first exhibition chronicling the formative beginnings of Parks’ extensive career. Organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation, this exhibition highlights Parks’ mastery of the camera to create an uplifting vision of African-American life at the mid-20th century. "Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 1940–1950" will be the inaugural exhibition in the museum’s newly renovated galleries, which includes expanded space dedicated to special exhibitions.
Parks is a pioneering African-American photographer who considered his work of the 1940s and ’50s to be the catalyst for a deeply influential 60-year career that stretched from photography to writing and filmmaking. Within this first decade, Parks grew from a self-taught portrait photographer in Minneapolis and Saint Paul into an influential photojournalist working in New York for such magazines as Ebony and Glamour. In 1949 he became the first African-American staff photographer at Life magazine. Incorporating extensive new research and many rarely seem images, Gordon Parks traces his rapid evolution while examining the expanding role of mass media in visual culture and documentary photography’s essential contributions to the American civil rights movement.