Between the open and the hidden: Clothing, segregation, and the feminine counter-archive in the photographs of Gordon Parks

Journal Article (Journal Article)

In this article I analyse the photographs Gordon Parks produced for the Life photo-essay The restraints: open and hidden, which depicts Jim Crow segregation in Mobile, Alabama. Drawing on Jacques Derrida's (1996) attention to the archival unconscious and Hortense Spillers (1987) concept of ungendering, I argue that Parks photographs of women's and girls clothing manifest his background in fashion photography and highlight the counter- archival pressure black femininity places on Jim Crow segregation and the photo-essay itself.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lamm, K

Published Date

  • December 4, 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 /

Start / End Page

  • 134 - 149

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1992-6049

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0256-0046

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/02560046.2015.1102266

Citation Source

  • Scopus