Red Jackson, Harlem, New York, And The Image Above

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I selected a photograph by Gordon Parks entitled, Red Jackson, Harlem, New York, and the image above was captured in 1948. Gordon Parks, born November 30, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas, was the youngest of fifteen children born to Andrew and Sarah Parks. His mother taught him the ethics of hard work, dignity, and love. He became a filmmaker, a writer, and a composer, although he utilized a camera as his weapon of choice. The point that I found extremely appealing regarding Gordon Parks, he struggled through his teenage and early adult life, I consider that these experiences gave him the compassion needed to capture the circumstances of others, in a way that make us look past the labels that society puts on people. Gordon Parks lived during the great depression, worked odd jobs, and understood the struggles of poverty. After his mother passed away in 1928, Gordon was sent to live with his sister and brother in-law in St. Paul Minnesota. After having a disagreement with his brother in-law he was not welcome in their home. At just fifteen years old, Gordon found himself homeless and on his own. If his mother had not instilled him with integrity, and he had not discovered, and honed his talent, I imagine he could have found himself in similar circumstances as the subjects of this, and some of his other photographs. Finally, in 1938 Gordon purchased a camera. When he brought the film in to be developed, the clerk at the camera store spotted his talent, and promised him an

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