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Gordon Parks : the Flávio story

Author: Gordon Parks; Instituto Moreira Salles,; Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto, Ont.),; J. Paul Getty Museum,
Publisher: Pleasantville, New York : The Gordon Parks Foundation, Göttingen, Germany : Steidl 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This book explores a once-popular picture story by Gordon Parks and the extraordinary chain of events it prompted. Published in 'Life' magazine in June 1961 as 'Poverty: Freedom?s Fearful Foe', this empathetic photo-essay profiled the da Silva family, living in a hillside favela near a wealthy enclave of Rio de Janeiro. Focused primarily on the eldest son Flavio, an industrious twelve-year-old suffering from  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Exhibition catalogs
Pictorial works
Exhibitions
Named Person: Gordon Parks; Gordon Parks
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon Parks; Instituto Moreira Salles,; Ryerson Image Centre (Toronto, Ont.),; J. Paul Getty Museum,
ISBN: 9783958293441 3958293441
OCLC Number: 1031435224
Notes: Catalog of an exhibition held at Instituto Moreira Salles, Sao Paulo, December 2, 2017 - January 28, 2018; Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro, February 6 - April 29, 2018; Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, September 12 - December 2, 2018; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, July 9 - November 10, 2019.
Description: 301 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
Contents: Plate Section I. 1961 --
Plate Section II. 1961-1963 --
Saving Flávio : a photographic essay in context / Paul Roth --
Favelas : aesthetics, politics, and memory / Beatriz Jaguaribe and Maria Alice Rezende de Carvalho --
Plate Section III. Henri Ballot 1961 --
O Cruzeiro Versus Life : Gordon Parks in Rio de Janeiro and Henri Ballot in New York / Sérgio Burgi --
Plate Section IV. 1970-1977 --
Plate Section V. 1999 --
Nothing is changeless : the Flávio story retold / Amanda Maddox --
Life : "Freedom's fearful foe : poverty," June 16, 1961 --
Life : "A great urge to help Flavio," July 7, 1961 --
Life : "The compassion of Americans brings a new life for Flavio," July 21, 1961 --
O Cruzeiro : "Novo recorde americano: Miseria," October 7, 1961 --
O Cruzeiro : "Henri Ballot desmascara reportagem americana," November 18, 1961 --
Interview with Flávio da Silva, December 10-12, 2016.
Other Titles: Photographs.
Flávio story
Responsibility: Paul Roth, Amanda Maddox ; with contributions by Sérgio Burgi, Beatriz Jaguaribe, Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Flávio Pinheiro, Timothy Potts, Maria Alice Rezende de Carvalho, Amanda Smith, and Natalie Spagnol.

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This book explores a once-popular picture story by Gordon Parks and the extraordinary chain of events it prompted. Published in 'Life' magazine in June 1961 as 'Poverty: Freedom?s Fearful Foe', this empathetic photo-essay profiled the da Silva family, living in a hillside favela near a wealthy enclave of Rio de Janeiro. Focused primarily on the eldest son Flavio, an industrious twelve-year-old suffering from crippling asthma, Parks? story elicited more than 3,000 letters and $25,000 in donations from 'Life' readers to help the family and the favela.0In Brazil the story sparked controversy; one news magazine, 'O Cruzeiro', retaliated against 'Life', sending photographer Henri Ballot to document poverty in New York City. Undeterred, 'Life' embarked on a multi-year "rescue" effort that involved moving Flavio to a Denver hospital, relocating the family to a new home and administering funds to support the favela. The story, as well as Parks? relationship to Flavio, continued to develop over many years. The details of this extraordinary history provide a fascinating example of US exceptionalism during the early 1960s and a revealing look inside the power and cultural force of the "Great American Magazine".00Exhibition: Instituto Moreira Salles, São Paolo, Brazil (02.12.2017-28.01.2018) / Instituto Moreira Salles, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (06.02.-29.04.2018) / Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto, Canada (September 2018) / The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA (09.07.-10.11.2019).

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