Moments Without Proper Names, by Gordon Parks

Moments Without Proper Names [SIGNED] by Parks, Gordon

What It’s About

A history of hope and resistance in the face of anti-Black violence, poverty and injustice, told through photographs and short poems.

Why I Think You’d Like It

Everyone knows a picture speaks a thousand words. I think a poetry is what we call it when a dozen words have the power of ten thousand. Juxtapose the two, and you get an experience that I, with my measly prose, could not hope to capture. Twenty minutes flipping through these pages feels like a lifetime. The outside world completely disappears, as your heart is broken and remade over and over again.

Sidenote; this is the same Gordon Parks who produced and directed Shaft. He was also a musician, civil rights activist, painter, photojournalist for Life magazine, co-founder of Essence magazine… in short, a multi-talented pioneer of arts and activism. I’m seriously mad that I did not know how amazing this guy was until now.

Content Warnings

Some pictures show the aftermath of violence. A few also have nudity. This is what they call mature content.

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