May 16, 2024 - Sale 2669

Sale 2669 - Lot 54

Price Realized: $ 1,875
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 2,500 - $ 3,500
GORDON PARKS (1912-2006)
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lopez, from the series Gloucester Fisherman, MA. Silver print, the image measuring 10x12⅜ inches (25.4x31.4 cm.), the sheet slightly larger, with Parks' credit stamp and his 860 United Nations Plaza address in red ink on verso. 1943; printed 1970s

Provenance: The Estate of Alain Dister, French photographer and writer, who curated an exhibition with works by Gordon Parks in Paris circa 1980

This picture was taken in June 1943 while Parks was on an assignment for the Office of War Information which involved the fishing industry on the Atlantic coast, as part of a larger documentary project on food production and war mobilization. It led Parks to Gloucester, Massachusetts, one of the nation's oldest fishing communities. Here, Parks shot a poised portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lopez. He is a fish skinner in the Gorton-Pew fishery. They have two boys in the armed forces, six children altogether.

Reproduced: National Gallery of Art, accession number 2016.11.121; Library of Congress, reproduction number LC-DIG-fsa-8d38374