DPI Chair Dr. Deborah Willis Publishes NY Times Lens Article

Monday, May 14, 2018

DPI Chair Dr. Deborah Willis  has published an article in the New York Times Lens column taking a deep look at Ella Watson, the subject of an iconic photograph by Gordon Parks. 

“American Gothic” — a reference to the famous Grant Wood painting — is a construction that afforded rare attention to a black female subject who was not a celebrity or entertainer, but a mother and a worker. In this photograph, Parks formed an image of Mrs. Watson at work, her loosely fitted work dress pinned closed, allowing the viewer to link the necessity of her role as a family provider with the harshness of her existence. The American flag that hangs behind her frames her with the tools of her labor.