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February 9, 2016

Stunning Photos of Families in Alabama From the 1950s

These stunning color photographs were taken by famed African-American photographer Gordon Parks during segregation in the 1950s, while on assignment for the September 1956 Life magazine photo-essay The Restraints: Open and Hidden.

Parks followed three families – the Thorntons, the Causeys and the Tanners – in their work, home and church lives near Mobile, Alabama. Only 20 of the photographs ran in the original photo-essay, but 50 additional color transparencies were found in 2012.

Gordon Parks would later go on to shoot famous subjects including Malcolm X, Barbara Streissand and Muhammad Ali for Life, working with the magazine for 20 years. He also became one of the first African-Americans to ever shoot for Vogue.

Later in life he would go on to direct films, famously helming the classic Shaft two years after making his directorial debut with The Learning Tree in 1969, based upon his semi-autobiographical novel of growing up in Kansas in the 1920s.

He would continue to write until his death, and also co-founded the popular magazine Essence.

(Photos by Gordon Parks, via Daily Mail)


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