a visual journey through history. curatorial project by Renata Cherlise
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Twins, by Toni Parks (1988) As the daughter of legendary photographer Gordon Parks, Toni Parks grew up in a household where artists and literary giants were regular visitors. Her two brothers, Gordon Parks, Jr. and David Parks, became photographers earlier in life while Toni started her photographic career in her forties. She counts her father as a major influence, as well as her background as a trained composer and musician. During her most prolific years of the 1980s and 90s, Parks took her first assignments covering a theater production on Martin Luther King, Jr., documenting dancers and singers at New York City’s Lincoln Center, and exploring the streets of New York City with her camera in hand. Statues in Central Park, Harlem parade scenes, and everyday depictions of individual or group subjects comprise Parks’ early body of work, often created with the compositional advice of her father in mind.