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Washington, DC Government Charwoman


Gordon Parks


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SKU: #11917


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Gordon Parks, the photographer behind this image was an active artist in the mid-twentieth century, often documenting events and people associated with the Civil Rights Movement. The woman in this photo was, Ella Watson, who worked as a cleaner in government buildings in Washington D.C. The juxtapositions of the cleaning tools she's holding and the American flag behind her demonstrates the irony of a "free country" such as the United States still upholding segregation. Watson's straight-faced disposition mirrors that of the famous American Gothic (1930).