Gordon Parks: 100 Moments celebrates a photographer who transformed the visual story of America with his ever-questioning lens, highlighting—in particular—the significance of Parks’s photographs from the early 1940s. 100 Moments focuses on Parks’s photographic practice of documenting African Americans in Harlem and Washington, D.C., during a pivotal time in U.S. history. These photographs were taken when both cities were going through significant changes—arising from post-WW II urban migration, the expansion of the black press, concern for children’s education, and entrenched segregation and economic discrimination.
The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is honored to celebrate the important legacy of Gordon Parks, by including several works from its Photographs and Prints Division in this show. And it has been our great privilege to collaborate on this project with guest curator Deborah Willis, Professor of Photography and Imaging and Africana Studies at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Image Gordon Parks in his New York apartment, 1991; photograph by Claire Yaffa. Courtesy of the photographer