Behind the Lens: Gordon Parks

Diary of a Historian

A few days ago, I received an e-mail from the Museum of Fine Arts which caused a huge grin to rush across my face. It read:

It may be cold outside—but not inside the MFA! The new year brings a slew of new art, exhubitions, lectures, and courses to cozy up to this moth. Discover how a celebrated African American photographer…

I did not even have to read the entire e-mail. Gordon Parks’ work is coming to the MFA! I originally planned to visit the exhibit Back to Fort Scott on Friday before seeing Selma; however, I looked at the hours on the museum’s website and notice the exhibit is not on display until January 17th. For now, I will write a post one of my favorite photographer, Gordon Parks, the man behind the lens.

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November 12, 1912-March 7, 2006
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I first encounter Parks’ work, specifically

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