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Gordon Parks’ photos of segregation in the South

Gordon Parks was an American photographer and director, probably best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1970s blaxploitation movie Shaft. 

Recently, the Gordon Parks Foundation discovered a series of over 70 unpublished photographs in an old storage box marked ‘Segregation Series’. This never before seen series provide the modern audience with a fascinating insight into the every day lives of African Americans in the 1950s and 60s. The pictures are particularly notable for being in colour which was still fairly uncommon for photographs at that time.

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