It's very.... white!

Seriously, I mean it. Gordon Parks's pictures are valuable because of their pictorial quality, and because they engage with what it is to be black in America. What I find interesting about the present picture is that its subjects are about as white as can be, but that is also something that stands out uncannily. Being white is so often considered "normal" and black a difference from, or an exception to it, that I think this picture turns tables in a great way. To use a faddish word, it "defamiliarizes" the notion of whiteness...