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Emerging Man, Harlem

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Emerging Man, Harlem

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Gordon Parks
American, 1912–2006

Date

1952

Medium

Gelatin silver print

Accession #

2001.11

Dimensions

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Location

Currently Not on View

Description

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.

Credit

Gift in honor of George Howell

Image Copyright

Courtesy of and copyright The Gordon Parks Foundation