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Department Store, Mobile, Alabama, 1956 © Photograph by Gordon Parks. Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Gordon Parks - I am you

Jun 16, 2017 — Sep 06, 2017

Foam Fotografiemuseum

Keizersgracht 609
amsterdam
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The camera can be a powerful weapon against repression, racism, violence, and inequality. The American photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006) used photography to expose the deep divisions in American society. Parks was an important champion of equal rights for African Americans and in his work addressed themes such as poverty, marginalisation and injustice. Aside from his iconic portraits of legends like Martin Luther King, he especially achieved fame through his photographic essays for the prestigious Life Magazine and films he directed, such as "The Learning Tree" and "Shaft".

With the exhibition "Gordon Parks - I Am You. Selected Works 1942-1978", Foam presents 120 works from the collection of The Gordon Parks Foundation, including vintage prints, contact sheets, magazines, and film excerpts.