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Untitled (Rosie Cleaning the Bathtub)
Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006)
33.8 x 23.7 cm (13 5/16 x 9 5/16 in.)
Medium or Technique
Photograph, gelatin silver print
Not On View
Gordon Parks held a deep-seated belief in photography as a tool for social change. Completely self-taught, he dedicated much of his long career to recording the lives of his fellow African Americans, discovering that the camera could be a powerful “weapon against poverty and racism.” In the 1940s, Parks began working for picture magazines, including Vogue and Life, tackling such wide-ranging subjects as Harlem gangs, Paris fashion shows, the slums of Rio de Janeiro, and iconic black figures-Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, and Eldridge Cleaver, among others. His sympathy for the backbreaking labor of menial jobs is reflected in this photograph of a young woman bent over her work in a rundown tenement, looking older than her years.
Life photography stamp and notations verso GPar823
Howard Greenberg Gallery, NY; G.W. Einstein Co., New York; 2002 sold to MFA
Sophie M. Friedman Fund
Courtesy and copyright of The Gordon Parks Foundation.