‘Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem’ Review: Fruits of a Creative Friendship

At the Art Institute of Chicago, an exhibition looks at the relationship between the photographer and author as they were becoming famous.

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) never got much respect from art museums when he was alive. A staff photographer for Life magazine from 1948 to 1972, renowned for stories on poverty, African-American and celebrity themes, he was older, and more conventional, than the wild tribes of frame-bending street shooters favored by curators in the 1960s and 70s.