Karen Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs

From Life magazine photojournalist to film director, Gordon Parks is one of the most celebrated artists of his time. The groundbreaking photographs in the exhibition “Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott” focus on the realities of life under segregation during the 1940s, but also relate to Parks’s own fascinating life story. Find out what influenced Parks as he photographed the everyday lives of the residents in his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1950, and what he took away from the experience.

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Prior to this lecture, visit the MFA on March 24 at 1:00 PM and immerse yourself in Gordon Parks’s work by watching his iconic 1971 film, Shaft. Then, see his photographs on view in Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott.

Above: Gordon Parks, Untitled, Columbus, Ohio, 1950. Photograph, gelatin silver print. Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.