Gordon Parks - Black Life in War-Time America
Gordon Parks was a prolific African-American photographer who was awarded a fellowship from the Julius Rosenwald Fund which led to his work with the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information (FSA/OWI) capturing photographs of American life along the eastern coast of the United States in the 1940s.

This selection of photographs focuses on everyday civilian life during the early part of World War II, emphasizing representations of Black joy within everyday experiences even in difficult times.

Explore more photographs Gordon Parks made for the FSA/OWI and read a blog post by Antonio Austin, who made this selection while completing an Archives, History and Heritage Advanced internship in the Prints & Photographs Division.
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