Gordon Parks: Higher Ground at Jenkins Johnson Gallery

Higher Ground is a solo exhibition of over sixty works by one of the most important photojournalists of the 20th century, Gordon Parks, which commemorates the Civil Rights Movement.

Gordon Parks (1912 - 2006) was the first black photojournalist to work at Life magazine, from 1948 to 1972. Through Life, Parks documented the stories of those he photographed, personalizing his assignments to tell the broader story of the African American experience. By gaining their trust unlike any other photojournalist, Parks’ empathy and charisma enabled him to gain access into his subject’s world. The show will include works from the essays for Life magazine, Invisible Man, 1952; Segregation Story, 1956; Duke Ellington, 1960 The March on Washington, 1963; The Nation of Islam, 1963; Muhammad Ali, 1970; and The Black Panthers, 1970.

In 2013, Jenkins Johnson Gallery presented Gordon Parks: Centennial, an exhibition of works spanning six decades. Higher Ground presents lifetime silver gelatin prints and color pigment prints that cover a period of strife and turmoil in American History. This show coincides with the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the end of the Civil War, as well as the recent milestones of the Civil Rights Act, 1964, and the Voting Rights Act, 1965.

Opening reception on Thursday, February 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm

Jenkins Johnson Gallery

464 Sutter St. San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94108
United States