Why Gordon Parks’ Most Famous Photo Almost Wasn’t Released - During World War II, renowned photographer Gordon Parks created an image that was seen as a searing indictment of racial politics in the U.S. with Ella Watson, a cleaner who posed with her mop and broom in front of the American flag. Host Vincent Brown discusses Parks’ motivation for taking the photo, how he worked with Watson and his philosophy that the camera could be used “as a weapon.”
This iconic photo by Gordon Parks was once considered too controversial to be published.
How an FBI Wanted poster turned Angela Davis into a symbol of Black Power and liberation.
An iconic photograph representing the immigrant experience is more than meets the eye.
Unravel the mystery behind an iconic photograph of Blackfeet tribe leader Mountain Chief.
The story behind “Raising the Flag at Ground Zero,” an iconic photo taken on September 11.
Find out how “Blue Marble,” NASA’s iconic photo of a fully illuminated Earth, was taken.
What can a portrait of Abraham Lincoln tell us about the spectacle of politics today?
About The Bigger Picture
Images can tell powerful stories. One iconic photograph can symbolize an entire era. But if we expand the frame and examine the moment in which it was taken, a very different story can emerge. In this series of documentary shorts, Harvard University historian Dr. Vincent Brown meets with curators, photographers and other experts to challenge common assumptions about iconic American images.
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