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Odell Mitchell Jr.

Odell Mitchell Jr.
Lent by The Capital Group Foundation, 2002.05 © 2006 The Gordon Parks Foundation

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: As I was walking through the “Bare Witness: Photographs by Gordon Parks” exhibit at the St. Louis Museum, I was reminded of when I first became familiar with Gordon Parks.

I was a student at Iowa State University on one of my rare "study sessions" at the library. As I remember it, things weren’t going too well and my mind kept wandering off from my studies. So, I got up and looked for photography books.