Gordon Parks' iconic American Gothic series of photos showcased with a new book and exhibition

Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), American Gothic, Washington, D.C., 1942, gelatin silver print. Gift of Frederick B. Scheel, 2007.35.169, © The Gordon Parks Foundation
Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), American Gothic, Washington, D.C., 1942, gelatin silver print. Gift of Frederick B. Scheel, 2007.35.169, © The Gordon Parks Foundation (Image credit: © The Gordon Parks Foundation)

The famous portrait, titled American Gothic, is a modern recreation of the Grant Wood painting and is part of an extensive collaboration between Parks and Watson. The documentary project provides a window into the everyday life of "one woman’s position within the racial, professional, and economic hierarchies that stratified the nation’s capital". 

Gordon Parks is considered one of the greatest photographers of all time and among my personal favorites. While he was well known for his portraits of famous faces such as Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X, the majority of Park's work focused on the overall "American culture, social justice, race relations, the civil rights movement, and the Black American experience". His images have been responsible for highlighting important issues throughout American history, many of which as a staff photographer for Life Magazine. 

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Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a photographer, photo editor and writer based in the UK, and for almost a decade he has worked with brands and publications to create, edit, and sequence imagery. Having recently graduated with a Master's Degree in Photography from the University of the West of England (UWE), Kalum joined Digital Camera World as a Staff Writer, covering news, reviews, and his biggest passion – photography books! 


Kalum's photography has been published and exhibited around the world, and he continues to photograph on a project-by-project basis. He is currently working on a personal project capturing the people and landscape of Gower, South Wales. Currently untitled, this body of work will be exhibited for the National Trust later this year.