Red Jackson, Harlem, New York

Gordon Parks American

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The most prominent African-American photographer and journalist of the 1950s and 1960s, Gordon Parks has documented the experiences of under-represented people and communities throughout his career, while simultaneously producing celebrity portraiture, fashion photographs, and news pictures. This image of Harlem gang leader Red Jackson looking pensively out of a broken window at his "turf" is one of a series Parks made for Life magazine in 1948. The photo essay was the first to look closely and soberly at the reality of life in Harlem at mid-century, and, in that respect, anticipates the more strident civil rights exposés by Parks and other photojournalists in the 1960s.

Red Jackson, Harlem, New York, Gordon Parks (American, Fort Scott, Kansas 1912–2006 New York), Gelatin silver print

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