Gordon Parks
The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957
Text by Sarah Hermanson Meister, Peter W. Kunhardt Jr., Glenn D. Lowry, Nicole Fleetwood, Bryan Stevenson
Steidl/The Gordon Parks Foundation, 2020
168 pages, hardcover
9 34 × 11 12 inches

This book examines one of Park’s memorable assignments for Life Magazine–an eight page photo essay about crime in America’s cities. The photo essay was noteworthy not only for its aesthetic sophistication but also for the ways in which it boldly questioned stereotypes about criminality that were then pervasive in the mainstream media.