The Getty | New Galleries, Old Stories

by Jake Carver

Two new exhibits have arrived at The Getty. Both tell history with photography, one through capturing an intimate moment and the other through documenting the passage of time. The exhibits will be on display for a limited time, from now until November 10th.

Gordon Parks: The Flavio Story , courtesy of The Getty

Gordon Parks: The Flavio Story, courtesy of The Getty

Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story

In 1961, Gordon Parks was tasked by Life to document poverty in Brazil through photographs of impoverished fathers. But when Parks arrived in Brazil, he was instead enraptured by a destitute, asthmatic child: Flávio da Silva. Parks visited Flávio’s favela home and captured intimate moments between the child and his pregnant mother, kerosene-selling father, and seven siblings. “Freedom’s Fearful Foe: Poverty” was a success despite controversy in Brazil, partly due to Parks’s tender sympathy for his subject.

Once. Again. Photographs in Series , courtesy of The Getty

Once. Again. Photographs in Series, courtesy of The Getty

Once. Again. Photographs in Series

How do photographs reflect time in a still image? The photo-essays on display feature people and places changing over days, months, and years. These artworks invite us to question how time affects our perception of physical space.