Image Copyright Restricted

Untitled (Outside the Liberty Theater)

1950
Artist Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006)


Dimensions

Image/Sheet: 34.2 x 23.4 cm (13 7/16 x 9 3/16 in.)

Accession Number

2002.110

Medium or Technique

Photograph, gelatin silver print

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Photography

Classifications

Photographs

Gordon Parks—best known as a photojournalist , but also active as a filmmaker, poet, novelist, and musician—once described his camera as a “weapon against poverty and racism.” Parks began a decades long career at Life magazine in 1948, where he gained a reputation for his sensitive portrayals of the human condition. This is one of five Parks photographs owned by the MFA. It depicts a black couple outside a segregated cinema ironically called the Liberty Theater.

Inscription

verso: Life photography stamp, dated June 7 1950 and notations GPar822

Provenance

Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY; G.W. Einstein Co., New York; 2002 sold to MFA

Credit Line

Sophie M. Friedman Fund

Copyright

Courtesy and copyright of The Gordon Parks Foundation.