Rarely has there been a more apt moment to examine the deeply divided societies that can be found in American culture. The current exhibition at C/O Berlin, “Gordon Parks . I Am You . Selected Works 1942 – 1978,” includes over 180 images on loan from the Gordon Parks Foundation. Parks, who died in 2006, fluidly traversed paradoxical worlds through his photography. In the 1940s and 50s, at the same time that he was shooting fashion spreads for the likes of Life and Vogue, he was also travelling to America’s Jim Crow South, documenting the harsh realities experienced by African-Americans at the time. Today, his empathetic photographs of fractured social identities, poverty and marginalization are more relevant than ever.
The exhibition runs through December 4, 2016 at C/O Berlin