Details

Title

Emerging Man, Harlem

Artist/Maker

Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006)

Date

1952

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Dimensions

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Credit

Gift in honor of George Howell

Accession #

2001.11

On View

Currently not on view

Gordon Parks made this photograph to illustrate an article for Life magazine that excerpted scenes from Ralph Ellison’s acclaimed novel Invisible Man. This photograph combines Parks’s talent for staging a scene with his mastery of gritty, black-and-white photojournalism. He used dramatic yet realistic lighting and a sharp focus on the protagonist emerging from underneath a manhole cover to powerfully visualize Ellison’s study of the status of African Americans in 1950s America.

Image Copyright

© Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation

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