Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott is a new photography exhibit at the VMFA (Virginia Museum of Fine Arts). It runs from July 23rd to October 30th, 2016.
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was an African American photographer for Life Magazine and also the well know author of the book The Learning Tree which he turned into a film in 1969.
This exhibit is from a photo essay Parks photographed in the early 50s when he traveled back to his home town of Fort Scott, Kansas to photograph his old classmates and friends. His project also took him to Chicago, Columbus, and Kansas City seeking his old friends. Although the essay never made it into Life Magazine as scheduled for April 1951, it is here in Richmond, Va along with many of the Life Magazine articles and photographs by Parks.
This is a great companion show to the exhibit Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic which runs through September 6.
For a few more images from Back to Fort Scott, click.