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Young Gang Leader, Harlem

Young Gang Leader, Harlem

1948

Gordon Parks

(American, 1912-2006)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 22.1 x 33.4 cm (8 11/16 x 13 1/8 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 55.9 cm (18 x 22 in.)

Norman O. Stone and Ella A. Stone Memorial Fund 2002.70

Description

A writer, musician, film director, and photographer, Parks was one of the most important and influential photojournalists of the 20th century. With talent, ambition, and persistence, Parks took portraits, covered the fashion industry, and documented events and people around the world. He is best known for photographs dealing with the social fabric of African Americans. From one of his early and important photo-essays for Life magazine, this intimate portrait of a young gang leader in Harlem features Parks at his best-at once lyrical, poignant, political, and beautiful.

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