Tuesday, March 20, 2007

The Devastation of Social Inequality

“You plus me amounts to We. And We, with small differences in our concerns, owe disrespect to these blood thirsty days. Don’t let our voices grow tired alone. Weld yours to mine and mine to yours, then, with a solitary cry, We will flush out crows who, disguised as doves, man the bunkers, neatly dressed in white.”
-Gordon Parks

Excerpt from “Take My Hand” (Glimpses Toward Infinity, 1996)

"Bare Witness: Photographs of Gordon Parks" opens tomorrow at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and will run through July. The multitalented Parks was best known for his vivid portrayals of social injustice in America, and was one of LIFE Magazine’s most prolific photographers, unique in his ability to capture the essence of the black struggle for equality on camera.

Not only was he a master of photography, but Parks also authored more than a dozen books of poetry, fiction and a memoir and was a film director, composer and musician. Gordon Parks died last year at the age of 93.

Some may recall his 1972 film "Shaft."


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