Center for Documentary Studies (CDS), Office for Institutional Equity (OIE), DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy, Libraries, Franklin Humanities Institute (FHI), Kenan Institute for Ethics, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, African and African American Studies (AAAS), Graduate School, and Vice Provost for the Arts
A conversation and slide presentation by Deborah Willis on the work of iconic photographer Gordon Parks; a reception will follow. Free and open to the public. In 1942 Gordon Parks joined the Library of Congress¿s Farm Security Administration as the first [Julius] Rosenwald Fellow in photography and in 1948, became the first African American to work as a staff photographer for Life magazine. In his twenty years at the influential publication, he sought to challenge stereotypes while still appealing to a larger audience, producing photo essays on a broad range of topics before embarking on his successful career as a film director ("The Learning Tree" and "Shaft," among others).Deborah Willis chairs the department of photography and imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; she is a noted art photographer and leading historian of African American photography. Willis is a contributor to a five-book series to be published this fall: "Collected Works: Gordon Parks".