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Gordon Parks American Champion

<P>Gordon Parks: <EM>Muhammad Ali Grimaces at Photographers</EM>, Miami, Florida, 1970Gelatin Silver Print16 inches x 20 inches © The Gordon Parks Foundation</P>

Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali Grimaces at Photographers, Miami, Florida, 1970
Gelatin Silver Print
16 inches x 20 inches
© The Gordon Parks Foundation

Gordon Parks American Champion
ATLANTA, GEORGIA  •  Arnika Dawkins Gallery  •  Ongoing

Arnika Dawkins Gallery in collaboration with The Gordon Parks Foundation presents, Gordon Parks American Champion. On view is a stunning portfolio of 12 images documenting the photographic relationship between "the Champ", Muhammad Ali, and world-renowned photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006)

While on assignment for Life magazine in London and Miami Parks completed two photo essays on Ali, one in 1966 and a second in 1970. As two of the most talented artists in their respected fields, this pairing resulted in extraordinary images revealing a pensive and tender side of Ali. The Gordon Parks Foundation recently released American Champion, a limited edition portfolio containing Parks’ photographs of Ali and a printed essay by David E. Little, Curator and Head of the Department of Photography and New Media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Gordon Parks American Champion also features a survey spanning four decades of Parks’ career and includes some of his most famous photographs; American Gothic, Washington D.C., Muhammad Ali in Trains in Hyde Park, London, England as well as exquisite landscapes from his travels through Maine, Canada and Europe. Parks fostered relationships with his subjects and this was demonstrated by his natural ability to connect with almost anyone he encountered, regardless of class or race. Prior to shooting, Parks would spend long periods of time instilling in them a profound sense of trust and respect, which resulted in an intimacy and candidness in his photographs that is rarely seen.

Arnika Dawkins Gallery website

Contact: Arnika Dawkins Gallery
4600 Cascade Road,
Atlanta, GA 30331
Tel: (1) 404.333.0312

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