The Long Lost Photos From Gordon Parks' Segregation Series

Gordon Parks is best known for his portraits of Civil Rights Movement leaders such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X, and for documenting the plight of Black Americans during the 1950s and 60s for Life Magazine, but did you know he also directed the hit film Shaft?

He was a man of many talents, and in 1956 Gordon was sent on assignment by Life Magazine to document the daily life of a southern Black family for an article titled “The Restraints: Open and Hidden”.

Gordon’s pictures really hit home with readers across the nation, but many of the shots taken during that assignment didn’t make it into the magazine layout, and the unused extras were thought to be lost until 2012 when someone from the Gordon Parks Foundation discovered 70 more full color photos in some old storage boxes.

This MLK Day we celebrate the second anniversary of the discovery of the long lost Segregation series photographs by remembering the guy behind the camera, and one extremely iconic Black American, Gordon Parks.

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