John Edwin Mason
John Edwin Mason teaches African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia. He is writing a book about Gordon Parks.
How a Photographer Illuminated the Plight of the 'Invisible Poor'
Jill Freedman's photographs of the 1968 Poor People's Campaign capture the plight of the people who came to Washington demanding to be seenBy John Edwin Mason
Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison: How a Man 'Becomes Invisible'
Photographer Gordon Parks' collaborations with Ralph Ellison are the subject of a new exhibition at the Art Institute of ChicagoBy John Edwin Mason
How Gordon Parks' Photographs Implored White America to See Black Humanity
The LIFE photographer's work, on view at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, made the struggle against racism more relatable to the magazine's mostly white readersBy John Edwin Mason
Ingrid Bergman: How a Photograph Never Made Led to Her Most Memorable Portrait
When LIFE photographer Gordon Parks decided not to snap his shutter on the Swedish-born actress--who was born 100 years ago on Aug. 29--it paved the way for one of the most treasured portraits of her ever madeBy John Edwin Mason
The Photos That Gave Americans Their First Glimpse of Apartheid in 1950
On the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's release from prison, a historian examines the LIFE photo essay that introduced Americans to South Africa's devastating system of segregationBy John Edwin Mason
'Wow, Quel Babes!': American Teenagers in Paris in the 1950s
They scorned frog legs, drank Coca-Cola and studied Parisian charm. LIFE photographer Gordon Parks captured their carefree European lives, and experienced a new kind of freedom there, as wellBy John Edwin Mason
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