Untitled, Washington, D.C., 1963

Ondria Tanner and Her Grandmother Window-shopping, Mobile, Alabama, 1956

Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956


Jenkins Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce participation in Art Basel, Feature with a solo presentation of civil rights photographs by Gordon Parks.

Gordon Parks, a pioneer of 20th century art, was a beloved American photographer, writer, composer, and filmmaker whose career spanned over six decades. As the world reacts to upheavals in global politics, Parks’ civil rights photo essays are especially relevant. His work captures the turmoil, unrest, and the human emotions of another tumultuous time in world history. The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s and 1960s was a reaction to political and cultural divides, and the present provides striking similarities. The current struggles in the U.S. and throughout the world for racial equality, freedom of religion, open immigration, women’s rights, and the LGBTQ equality echo the activism portrayed in Parks’ photographs.

Presented are highlights of Parks’ lifetime works and new limited editions photographs, including works focused on the Civil Rights Movement. Park’s I AM YOU- a limited edition portfolio of 12 little-known works from the Civil Rights Era also makes its debut here.