The New York State Museum will celebrate the centennial of renowned photographer Gordon Parks with an extensive, large-scale collection of his photographs organized by and drawn from the collection of the New York City-based Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. The exhibit also draws on images from the collections of the Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information at the Library of Congress.
Parks was a self-taught photographer, who worked his way up from commercial work and portrait photography to taking pictures for various U.S. government agencies to great success with his photojournalism for Life magazine. Later, he became one of the few successful African-American film directors with The Learning Tree and Shaft.
“The State Museum is honored to present this landmark exhibition by Gordon Parks, one of New York’s greatest photographers,” said NYSM director Mark Schaming in the exhibit’s announcement.
Gordon Parks: 100 Moments opens Saturday (Jan. 26) and will be on view through May 19 at the New York State Museum (Empire State Plaza, Albany). For more info, call 474-5877.