Gordon Parks is one of the masters of modern photojournalism. His LIFE Magazine photo essay “The Restraints: Open and Hidden,” exposed the effects of segregation in the deep south when it was published in 1956 and his images were fundamental in challenging racial inequality and the Jim Crow laws that ruled the South at that time. But the photographer had an impressive career long before that story debuted.
Gordon Parks: The New Tide, currently on view at The National Gallery of Art, features work made by the photographer from 1940-1950. PBS NewsHour recently featured the exhibition and used it as an opportunity to explore the life and work of the self-taught photographer who never graduated high school.