From Gordon Parks to Kendrick Lamar

Chances are, it's not necessary to introduce you to the music of Kendrick Lamar. His new album is beautiful and the perfect example of art as a propellor for resistance! You may also know the work of Gordon Parks, the legendary African-American photographer. With that said, we can't stop gushing over Lamar's stunning music video for Element and it's homage to the artist. 

Okayplayer captured stills from Lamar's video and placed them next to Parks' images, showing the direct inspiration taken from some of his work. Beautiful and alarming, Element which is directed by K-Dot, understands and reinterprets the raw energy of Parks' work. 

image c/o Colorlines (scene from Kendrick Lamar's "Element" music video over Gordon Parks' "Boy With June Bug,")

image c/o Colorlines (scene from Kendrick Lamar's "Element" music video over Gordon Parks' "Boy With June Bug,")

Gordon Parks, famous for his images of a racially divided South and for the development of blaxploitation films, documented and celebrated African-American lives at a crucial time in the US. During another period of social upheaval and the threat of oppression over African-Americans, Lamar's video reminds viewers of the parallels. 

image c/o Colorlines. (scene from Kendrick Lamar's "Element" music video over Gordon Parks’ “Untitled” photo taken in Alabama in 1956.)

image c/o Colorlines. (scene from Kendrick Lamar's "Element" music video over Gordon Parks’ “Untitled” photo taken in Alabama in 1956.)