Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. visual for "ELEMENT." draws inspiration from famed American photographer Gordon Parks, directly referencing multiple images that explore the lives of black Americans. Now, The Gordon Parks Foundation presents a special art exhibition showcasing these photographs that influenced Lamar's aesthetic.
Entries include Parks' 1963 photo "Boy With Junebug," "Untitled," the photo from his 1956 “Segregation Stories” series, "Ethel Sharrieff," a 1963 photo from “The White Man’s Day Is Almost Over” photo essay about black Muslims, and photos from his 1948 “Harlem Gang Leader” series.
“Gordon Parks’ work is continuing to have a great impact on young people – and particularly on artists like Kendrick who, use the power of imagery to examine issues related to social justice and race in our country,” said Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Executive Director of The Gordon Parks Foundation. “With ELEMENT the music video, Kendrick has helped to call attention to one of the most important artists of our time.”
The Gordon Parks Foundation 48 Wheeler Ave. Pleasantville, NY 10570
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