John Edwin Mason | Visual Justice: Gordon Parks’ American Photographs

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John Edwin Mason is Associate Professor of History and Associate Chair of the Department of History at the University of Virginia where he teaches African history and the history of photography. He is currently working on Gordon Parks and the American Democracy, a book about the ways in which Parks’ Life magazine photo-essays on social justice and the books that he published during the Civil Rights Movement challenged Americans’ notions of citizenship and made him one of the era’s most significant interpreters of the black experience. Mason will illustrate the ways in which Parks employed photography and prose as tools through which he attempted to collapse the space between the promise and the reality of the “American dream.”