Gordon Parks, American, 1912 - 2006


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negative 1956; print 2022

Archival pigment print


Image: 14 × 14 in. (35.6 × 35.6 cm)

Sheet: 20 × 15 15/16 in. (50.8 × 40.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Purchased through the Mrs. Harvey P. Hood W'18 Fund



Place Imaged: United States, North America


20th century

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Research Area


Not on view


Numbered, on reverse, lower right, in graphite: 1/15; Stamped, on reverse, below center, in black ink: [in square box] GORDON PARKS / This is a Certified Gordon Parks Photograph / which was printed in __ 2022 [graphite]__ and / authenticated by the Gordon Parks Foundation. / __Peter W. Kunhardt [graphite]__ / Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr. / Executive Director, the Gordon Parks Foundation / c[circled] The Gordon Parks Foundation, All rights reserved


Though attired in day-to-day clothes, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Thornton become a picture of romance when surrounded by the pink flowering trees. Mr. Thornton’s arm gently and proudly drapes over his wife’s shoulders as she leans slightly into him. The hazy foliage surrounding them evokes a sense of a deep bond to each other and to their land. While shooting his “Segregation Story” series for Life magazine, Parks was assisted by a local man, Willie Causey, whose family became the subject of many of the images. The Thorntons were Causey’s in-laws.

From the 2024 exhibition And I'm Feeling Good: Relaxation and Resistance, curated by Alisa Swindell, Associate Curator of Photography

Course History

HIST 10.04/AAAS 20.02, Dartmouth Black Lives, Julia Rabig and Darryl Barthe, Fall 2022

Art History 5.01, Introduction to Contemporary Art, Mary Coffey and Chad Elias, Winter 2024

Art History 83.07, Keywords for ARTH: Race, Mary Coffey, Winter 2024

Exhibition History

And I'm Feeling Good: Relaxation and Resistance, Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 20-April 13, 2024.


The Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville, New York; sold to present collection, 2022.

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