“Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, 1950” (Photo by Gordon Parks)
Assigned by Life magazine in 1950 to document the effects of school segregation, photographer Gordon Parks returned to his hometown of Fort Scott, Kansas, and then followed the paths of his former classmates to Chicago, Detroit and beyond to learn their stories.
The article did not make it to publication, but his images and a draft of the text he wrote can be seen in the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibition “Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott” through Oct. 30.
“His photographs, as well as his language, are as relevant today as they were in the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s,” says coordinating curator Sarah Eckhardt.
Free. 340-1400 or vmfa.museum.