“There is no other species on the Earth that does science. It is, so far, entirely a human invention, evolved by natural selection in the cerebral cortex for one simple reason: it works. It is not perfect. It can be misused. It is only a tool. But it is by far the best tool we have, self-correcting, ongoing, applicable to everything. It has two rules. First: there are no sacred truths; all assumptions must be critically examined; arguments from authority are worthless. Second: whatever is inconsistent with the facts must be discarded or revised. We must understand the Cosmos as it is and not confuse how it is with how we wish it to be.”—Carl Sagan (via ageofreason)
Parks captures a supporter of President Roosevelt reflected in a mirror inside her home. His FSA photo of another D.C. woman, Ella Watson, holding a broom and mop while standing in front of an American flag, would become one of his most iconic images. Five years after his apprenticeship, Parks would go to work for LIFE, where he applied his documentary style to some of the magazine’s best known photo essays, chronicling the life of a boy named Flavio in the slums of Rio de Janeiro; fashionistas in Paris; street gangs in Harlem; and more.