*Discuss how Gordon Parks’ identity as a Black man in America informed his art and his work to further social justice
*Explore several photographic essays and discuss their historical and artistic significance
*Apply a critical media analysis to a photo essay
*Reflect upon the ways current visual artists, such as Devin Allen, play an important role in advancing social justice and cultural change
*Equipment for viewing film clips and for projecting high resolution photographs
*A shared online space where students can access additional resources
*Camera (phone or digital camera)
*Handouts 1 and 2
An additional resource for this lesson: Access the archived Life magazine essay “The Restraints: Open and Hidden” here.
There are two additional photo essays by Gordon Parks that are examplary of Parks’ use of his camera to document injustice: “The Atmosphere of Crime” (1957) and “The Harlem Family” (1967). These photo essays are availalble on The Gordon Parks Foundation website.