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Wednesday, 12 August 2020


It does look like an excellent book. You can get a good preview of the book at the Steidl site.

(Caution: Visiting Steidl may be hazardous to your wealth.)

"racially biased depictions of criminality then prevalent in American popular culture,"
That has not changed in six decades. Maybe after the November election, we can try to be serious about the many racial and poverty issues that plague our nation.

American Gothic by Gordon Parks - a masterpiece

For those close to NYC, the Gordon Parks Foundation is in Pleasantville, NY. Now closed because of the virus, but a nice resource nonetheless: http://www.gordonparksfoundation.org/

Finally a photo book I can afford.

"Brothel pianist" would be a great line to have on your C.V.

As a follow-up to other comments...

Some years ago, as a fan of Parks’s work, I eagerly bought the 5-volume, 21 lb “Gordon Parks Collected Works” set after learning of it from the head of the Gordon Parks Foundation at an art show. It’s glorious, printed as only Steidl can print such work. And since working through it once or twice I rarely touch it.

Fast-forward a few years. Michal Raz-Russo creates a magnificent small exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago titled “Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem”. The pages of my catalog for that show are showing signs of wear.

My point: curation and editing matters. Parks has an enormous body or work. But, like a plastic Christmas tree, it can’t be easily or fully appreciated until someone re-assembles the branches onto a central trunk.

It’s a good lesson for all of us who have assembled large collections of our own images.

Great book. My review is here: https://collectordaily.com/gordon-parks-the-atmosphere-of-crime-1957/

Great recommendation. Bought it yesterday.

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