Gordon Parks Photos Heading to College

More than 4,000 prints and 20,000 negatives of the work of the photographer and director Gordon Parks, including “Charwoman,” as well as a collection of images by Mathew Brady and other early American photographers, will be housed at the State University of New York’s Purchase College, the Gordon Parks Foundation said.

Parks, the first black photographer at Life magazine and director of the early blaxploitation film, “Shaft,” died in 2006; the following year, his photography was acquired by the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection, which which will maintain an office at the school to oversee along his work, along with 100,000 Civil War-era photographs by Brady, Alexander Gardner and Timothy O’Sullivan, as well as the collection of Ed Clark, another Life photojournalist. Purchase College said that the collections would be housed at its library, where they will be preserved and made available for public view and study.

source by DAVE ITZKOFF nytimes.com

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