Photography by Gordon Parks

Posted by Ollie Irwin on January 29, 2015

Gordon Parks was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for LIFE magazine, where he became the first African American photographer for the publication, paired with his roles in activisim and campaigning for civil rights.

In 1950, Parks was sent by LIFE to his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas, to capture the impact of school segregation in America. The photo essay never ran, but his images and the story behind them have resurfaced after 65 years in obscurity.

Here are a selection of images from Parks' Segregation Series:




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