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After Gordon Parks: Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems and More Celebrate 50 Years of Black Photographers

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Fifty years ago, the photographer Gordon Parks took to the streets of Harlem with his camera — and at times, Ralph Ellison — and changed the game for black photographers. He left a legacy that paved the way for Mickalene Thomas, Carrie Mae Weems, and LaToya Ruby Frazier today, all of whose photographs show up alongside his in “Fifty Years After,” an homage to both Parks and the Civil Rights Movement at James Barron Art in Kent, Connecticut until October. It’s a striking portrait of being black in America over the last half-century.

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Gordon Parks, “At Segregated Drinking Fountain, Mobile, Alabama,” 1956.
The Gordon Parks Foundation
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Mickalene Thomas, “Madame Mama Bush,” 2012.
Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery.
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Gordon Parks, “American Gothic, Washington, D.C.,” 1942.
The Gordon Parks Foundation
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Carrie Mae Weems, “Untitled (Eating lobster)” from the Kitchen Table Series, 2003.
© Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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Gordon Parks, “Airline Terminal, Atlanta, Georgia,” 1956.
The Gordon Parks Foundation
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Gordon Parks, “Invisible Man Retreat, Harlem, New York,” 1952.
The Gordon Parks Foundation
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Carrie Mae Weems, “Lewitt’s Wall,” 2006 – present.
© Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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LaToya Ruby Frazier, “Campaign for Braddock Hospital (Save Our Community Hospital)” series, 2011.
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Michele Rein.
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Gordon Parks, “Malcolm X at Rally, Chicago, Illinois,” 1963.
The Gordon Parks Foundation
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Carrie Mae Weems, “Untitled (Woman and phone)” from the Kitchen Table Series, 2003.
© Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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Gordon Parks, “The Invisible Man, Harlem, New York,” 1952.
The Gordon Parks Foundation
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Mickalene Thomas, “Remember Me,” 2006.
Courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery.
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Gordon Parks, “Untitled, Harlem, New York,” 1963.
The Gordon Parks Foundation
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Gordon Parks, “Untitled, Miami, Florida,” 1966.
The Gordon Parks Foundation
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LaToya Ruby Frazier, “Grandma Ruby and UPMC” from the Campaign for Braddock Hospital (Save Our Community Hospital) series, 2011.
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Michele Rein.
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Carrie Mae Weems, “Untitled (Woman and daughter with makeup)” from the Kitchen Table Series, 2003.
© Carrie Mae Weems. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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LaToya Ruby Frazier, “Jenny Holzer’s Truism” from the Campaign for Braddock Hospital (Save Our Community Hospital) series, 2011.
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Michele Rein.