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Staff PickGordon Parks: Higher Ground

February 4, 2016 - April 2, 2016

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Higher Ground, an exhibition of over 60 photographs by the most important black photojournalist commemorating his Life magazine photo essays on the Civil Rights Movement.

Gordon Parks (1912 – 2006) was the first black photographer to work at Life magazine, from 1948 to 1972. Parks documented the stories of those he photographed, personalizing his assignments to tell the broader story of the African American experience. The show will include hallmarks from this period including the essays Invisible Man, 1952; Segregation Story, 1956; Duke Ellington, 1960 The March on Washington, 1963; The Nation of Islam, 1963; Muhammad Ali, 1970; and The Black Panthers, 1970. Parks’ empathy and charisma enabled him to gain access into his subject’s world matched by few photographers. Higher Ground focuses on a period of strife and turmoil in American history. The show coincides with the 150 the anniversary of the end of the Civil War, as well as the recent milestones of the Civil Rights Act, 1964, and the Voting Rights Act, 1965.

Image: Untitled, Washington, DC, 1963, Archival pigment print, 30 x 40 inches, Edition of 7

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Jenkins Johnson Gallery
464 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94108 United States
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Opening Reception February 4,, 5:30 to 7:30 pm Exhibit Runs February 4 to April 2, 2016 10:00 am to 6:00 pm