Gordon Parks was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft. Wikipedia
Gordon Parks. Parks took this photo of a worker in the Washington DC office building of the Farm Security Administration on his first day of work there. Parks later worked for Life Magazine and wrote, directed and composed the music for the film "The Learning Tree." He describes taking this photo in his first autobiography.
The image is striking: A stone-faced African-American woman in a spotless maid’s uniform cradles a white toddler while a stylishly dressed white woman sits nearby. Gordon Parks took the picture at the Atlanta airport in the spring of 1956. (Photo: Gordon Parks)