By: Diane Granahan
Two historic and powerful exhibitions are currently open to the public at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. The first, Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott, is on view until September 13, 2015 and showcases 42 photographs of African Americans originally meant for publication in Life magazine during the 1950’s but were mysteriously never documented. The photos depict the hardships endured during a time of segregation, which surprisingly seem to echo issues still seen today. The second exhibition, In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11, is on view until July 12, 2015 and records the epic effects of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear meltdown. A variety of photographers, both emerging and renowned, reflect on the significance of this triple tragedy and the contributions made towards human recovery.
These two exhibitions are not only humbling in their heartbreaking beauty but also a potent and wakening reminder on the importance of empathy towards our environment and those around us.