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"Mrs. Ella Watson"

While working as an apprentice with the Farm Security Administration (FSA) photography project, renowned photographer Gordon Parks (1912-2006) documented the African-American experience in Washington D.C. In 1942, he completed an eighty-five image series that focused on Mrs. Ella Watson, a twenty-five-year-old government charwoman. His work followed Mrs. Watson in both public and private realms, drawing attention to the multiple roles in her life.

Source | Gordon Parks,"Mrs. Ella Watson," photograph, August 1942, Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection, Library of Congress,
Creator | Gordon Parks
Item Type | Photograph
Cite This document | Gordon Parks, “"Mrs. Ella Watson",” SHEC: Resources for Teachers, accessed October 4, 2023,



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