Gordon Parks / Library of Congress

Langston Hughes puts his arm around a statue

A portrait of poet Langston Hughes, taken in 1943 by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information.  Langston Hughes turned 41 that year.  

Parks was the first African-American to work as a staff photographer for Life magazine, and later directed the 1972 action film Shaft.

This photo is now part of the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection at the U.S. Library of Congress. (LC-USW3-033841-C)

See our biography of Langston Hughes