Public outrage sparks from Gordon Parks' photos of a boy in Brazilian slums

In1961, Gordon Parks photographed South America’s poorest neighborhoods for Life magazine. While shooting in a Rio De Janeiro slum, Parks met 12-year-old Flávio da Silva. He took photos of the boy carrying 40-pound jugs of water, feeding his infant siblings, and having violent asthma attacks. The images sparked a global conversation about representation in the media and exploitation. They're on display now at the Getty's temporary exhibition: " Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story ."

Untitled (Flávio da Silva), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1961, Gordon Parks. © The Gordon Parks Foundation.

Catacumba Favela, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, negative 1961, Gordon Parks. © The Gordon Parks Foundation.