Fight against racism and social discrimination

Being treated unequally means being in a worse or better position because of differences in origin, skin color and/or gender. Inequalities start in the mind and can only be overcome by people who see others as equal, regardless of where they come from. This must be the goal.

In real life, inequalities exist every day. Often, they are hidden and unspoken. This year, the public in the USA experienced once again how blatant and bluntly these inequalities can become visible. Reports of police violence against people of color shocked the world.

The photographer Gordon Parks has captured how inequality already has an impact on a small scale and in everyday life. That way he documented how it shapes people’s feelings and possibly their lives.

A child with dark skin color prefers the light-skinned doll. Its look is clear: “It seems better to be white, so I choose this doll”. At the same time the melancholic gaze rests on the doll with darker skin.

This doll is a symbol for unequal life chances. For many people, these chances are without a doubt better than 70 years ago, but there is still a lot of work to be done. The plague of racism and discrimination is still widespread.

Gordon Parks: untitled, Harlem, New York, 1947 © The Gordon Parks Foundation

Terry O’Neill: Faye Dunaway the morning after the Oscars, 29. März 1977 © Terry O´Neill/Iconic Images 

For Faye Dunaway they were obviously right, the basic conditions for a successful start into a life, which she crowned career-wise by winning the Oscar in 1977. She received this much-coveted prize for her leading role in the film Network. The basis was hard work, but Faye also experienced hostility and envy.

was an American film director, photographer, actor and composer. He himself experienced professional discrimination on several occasions because of his skin color, yet he was the first photographer and film director of color to receive nationwide recognition. From 1948 to 1972 he was employed by the then leading photography magazine LIFE and documented poverty and racial discrimination beyond the USA.

Doing so he considered his camera a “weapon”: “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs.”

succeeded in taking what he said was the best photograph of his life with his picture of Faye Dunaway. He is one of those who liked to often show the beautiful sides of this world, who got very close to many celebrities and immortalized them in often touching moments. Among those are the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, Brigitte Bardot, Sean Connery, Nicole Kidman, Amy Winehouse, and countless others. Shortly before his death in 2019, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in recognition of his services.