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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Coming Up in Harlem: 1943

Coming Up in Harlem: 1943

Spring 1943. "A Harlem scene." Viewed from the subway entrance. Medium-format negative by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Socks

The non-matching, uneven socks tell a tale don't they?

The walk to Madison Square Garden?

I was absolutely certain this is a loving parody of W. Eugene Smith's photo "The Walk to Paradise Garden," except that Parks took it four years earlier.

Gordon Parks

Is my favorite photographer. Beautiful, plus I've never seen this one before.

 
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