Gordon Parks Photography Collection to be housed at State University of New York at Purchase

The collection of photographic prints and negatives produced by photographer and filmmaker, Gordon Parks, will be housed at the library of the State University of New York at Purchase. Currently held at The Gordon Parks Foundation, a division of the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation, the collection contains 4,000 prints and 20,000 negatives, as reported by The New York Times. The State University of New York at Purchase will make the collection accessible to the general public and scholars.

The Parks collection is accompanied by 100,000 images of the Civil War produced by Matthew Brady, Timothy O’Sullivan, and Alexander Gardner, as well as a collection of photographs by fellow Life magazine photographer, Ed Clark, all overseen by the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation.

Gordon Parks, "American Gothic" 1942
Gordon Parks, "American Gothic" 1942 © Gordon Parks

The Gordon Parks Award Dinner and Auction — Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Celebrating Fashion,” The Gordon Parks Award Dinner and Auction will be held on TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2009 at the Gotham Hall, 1356 Broadway at 36th Street, New York, NY.

6:30 p.m. Cocktails — 7: 30 p.m. Dinner — Cocktail Attire. The event is honoring fashion model and activist, Liya Kebede; activist and philanthropist, Russell Simmons; and fashion designer, Isabel Toledo. Gloria Vanderbilt and President William Jefferson Clinton are the honorary chairs.

Among the photographs to be auctioned are works by LARRY BURROWS (“Louis Armstrong”), ANNIE LEIBOVITZ (“Barack Obama”, “Michelle Obama“), ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE (“Alistair Butler”), GORDON PARKS, HERB RITTS (“Nelson Mandela“) and others.

The auction catalog is available on the website of The Gordon Parks Foundation, organizers of the event.

Barack Obama. Photo: Annie Liebovitz
Barack Obama. Photo: Annie Leibovitz

Michelle Obama.  Photo: Annie Liebovitz

Michelle Obama. Photo: Annie Leibovitz