Journal Entry #9

Gordon Parks’s photography showcased and documented many things that were not talked about much at the time, such as promoting civil rights, race relations, poverty, and other social injustices. His photographs are so impactful, and in a way perfect, that they seem staged and unnatural. Something notable about his photos is that they were always in black and white. This gave them a more gritty, real look and feel to them, almost as if color would be too much and take away from its somberness. His photography was a new standard for photojournalism and taking photos of things and people for who they really are. Parks was never afraid to show the ugly truth behind a photo for the sole purpose of getting a worthy message across.

One of my favorite photographs by Gordon Parks:

Gordon Parks' Early Years Explored At National Gallery Exhibit | WAMU