Saturday, November 27, 2010

The Photographic Education of Ralph Ellison 1

We started looking for pictures taken by Gordon Parks in conjunction with Ralph Ellison for his unpublished Harlem chaos feature. We haven't found it yet, but we have found a.) "Harlem is Nowhere," Ellison's interesting later piece that burns the paradox of identity and postwar disintegrating historical consciousness into the soul of our literature, and b.) photos by Roy DeCarava. See above. Chaos. Identity disintegrating.

We'll keep working this. On and on and on and on.

1 comment:

  1. Hi,

    I've been looking for the same set of photos! I tried the Ralph Ellison archives at the Library of Congress but there are over 11000 photos yet to be cataloged. There are supposed 3 folders for "Harlem is Nowhere" in the archives...just that I'm in Cali so it's a long trek. Do post if you find them as I'd really want to see what Parks and Ellison captured.


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