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(born November 30, 1912, Fort Scott, Kansas, U.S.—died March 7, 2006, New York, New York) American author, photographer, and film director, who documented African American life. The son of a tenant farmer, Parks grew up in poverty. After dropping out of high school, he held a series of odd jobs, including pianist and waiter. In 1938 he bought a camera and initially made a name for himself as a portrait and fashion photographer. After moving to Chicago, he began chronicling life on the city's impoverished South Side. These photographs led to a Julius Rosenwald Fellowship, and in 1942 he became a photographer at the Farm Security Administration (FSA). While with the FSA, he took perhaps his best-known photograph, American Gothic, which featured an African American cleaning woman holding a mop and broom while standing in front of an American flag. In 1948 Parks became a staff photographer for Life magazine, the first African American to hold that position. Parks, who remained with the magazine until 1972, became known for his portrayals of ghetto life, black nationalists, and the civil rights movement. A photo-essay about a child from a Brazilian slum was expanded into a television documentary (1962) and a book with poetry (1978), both titled Flavio. Parks also was noted for his intimate portraits of such public figures as Ingrid Bergman, Barbra Streisand, Gloria Vanderbilt, and Muhammad Ali. Parks's first work of fiction was The Learning Tree (1963), a coming-of-age novel about a black adolescent in Kansas in the 1920s. He also wrote forthright autobiographies— A Choice of Weapons (1966), To Smile in Autumn (1979), and Voices in the Mirror (1990). He combined poetry and photography in A Poet and His Camera (1968), Whispers of Intimate Things (1971), In Love (1971), Moments Without Proper Names (1975), and Glimpses Toward Infinity (1996). Other works included Born Black (1971), a collection of essays, the novel Shannon (1981), and Arias in Silence (1994). In 1968 Parks became the first African American to direct a major motion picture with his film adaptation of The Learning Tree. He also produced the movie and wrote the screenplay and musical score. He next directed Shaft (1971), which centred on a black detective. A major success, it helped give rise to the genre of African American action films known as “blaxploitation.” A sequel, Shaft's Big Score, appeared in 1972. Parks later directed the comedy The Super Cops (1974) and the drama Leadbelly (1976) as well as several television films.


 
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Work of Gordon Parks
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Gordon Parks: My Advice to Young Black People
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Amazing Black Photographer Gordon Parks
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Gordon Parks interview on Charlie Rose (2000)
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Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem
Curator Michal Raz-Russo provides an overview of the exhibition, which reunites for the first time the surviving photographs and texts intended for the two ...
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A brief 7 minute documentary on the late photographer, filmmaker, poet, author, musician Gordon Parks. Included is some unseen footage that my family has ...
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Gordon Parks: My First Photography Job
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Gordon Parks of Gillsville, Georgia died in June 2008 and went to meet God (who Gordon claimed is "a white person"). What a lovely, endearing old fellow ...
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Progress Through The Lens Of Gordon Parks
Acclaimed photographer Gordon Parks' assignment for Life Magazine to depict the realities of life under segregation had the making of a searing series. But the ...
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John Edwin Mason | Visual Justice: Gordon Parks’ American Photographs
John Edwin Mason is Associate Professor of History and Associate Chair of the Department of History at the University of Virginia where he teaches African ...
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Independent Lens | Through a Lens Darkly | Gordon Parks | PBS
http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/through-a-lens-darkly/ Premiering February 16, 2015. Check local listings: ...
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Gordon Parks with O.C. Smith vocals - Shafts Big Score OST - Blowin Your Mind
Isaac Hayes was unavailable, so director Gordon Parks scored the funky soundtrack to his 1972 film Shaft's Big Score. ( I usually pride myself on posting songs ...
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A Great Black Photographer Remembers
See the complete film at http://www.createspace.com/204454. I had the chance to interview Gordon Parks. An extraordinarily kind human being. A great ...
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Martin ~ Gordon Parks Ballet ~ 1990
Ballet by Gordon Parks, chronicling the struggles of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.
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