Gordon Parks

Segregation Story is an exhibition of fifteen medium-scale photographs including never-before-published images originally part of a series photographed for a 1956 Life magazine photo-essay assignment, “The Restraints: Open and Hidden.” In it, Gordon Parks documented the everyday lives of an extended black family living in rural Alabama under Jim Crow segregation. This compelling series demonstrated that the ambitions, responsibilities and routines of this family were no different than those of white Americans, thus challenging the myth of racism.

All photographs © The Gordon Parks Foundation.