Gordon Parks portfolio

Collection Data

Depictions of African Americans, mostly living in Washington, D.C. and New York City during the early 1940s to the 1960s, though mainly from the 1940s and 1950s, consisting of individual and group portraits of young children, and a reflected portrait of a woman in a mirror (1942); and candid shots and views of children at play or in their domestic surroundings, a government charwoman at home and at her job (1942), a Detroit, Michigan, couple on their way to church (1950), church services (1942), and a mother and her family meeting with a poverty board representative (1967).
Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006 (Photographer)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1942 - 1967
Library locations
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Photographs and Prints Division
Shelf locator: Sc Photo Portfolio (Parks, G.)
African Americans
Content: Many images reflect living and social conditions, particularly for children and families, living in Southwest Washington, D.C. and Harlem, New York. Of note are depictions of the home and work life of Ella Watson, a government charwoman in Washington, D.C., that includes views of her home, her adopted daughter, and her grandchildren, as well as her job cleaning an office (1942).
Content: Portfolio contains work by other photographers depicting Parks.
Physical Description
Extent: 34 photographic prints : gelatin silver, black and white ; 36 x 28 cm and smaller
Type of Resource
Still image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b22632284
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): cd5110b0-debb-0135-d3ad-39bb885a76de
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