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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 Park's courageous photography helped awaken America at the dawn of the civil rights era. He was a master of portraying people from every walk of life.
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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 Advice to Young Black People
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Some of the works of Gordon Parks, well known for his photo essays for Life magazine. He was true artist... photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, film ...
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Amazing Black Photographern Gordon Parks Documentary
This is an outtake from the documentary series I produced for PBS in 1990- Making Sense Of The Sixties. I interviewed Gordon Parks back in the 1970s and ...
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Gordon Parks: My First Photography Job
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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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Isaac Hayes,Gordon Parks, Discuss Theme from Shaft
Isaac Hayes with members of The Barkays playing Theme from Shaft for Movie Maker Gordon Parks.
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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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Art 180: Gordon Parks
For this assignment, I made a multimodal presentation on the work of Gordon Parks. I chose to interpret Gordon Parks' photographs because his aesthetically ...
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Quit the Klan p1 - Jerry Springer
This is the first part of the "Quit the Klan" episode of the Jerry Springer show. Jerry wants to find out if Gordon Parks, a 69 year-old imperial wizard of the Ku Klux ...
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Americans In Focus: Gordon Parks
The first African-American staff photographer for Life Magazine whose most famous photograph is 'American Gothic.' Parks' photos evoked styles of strength and ...
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Gordon Parks III as 2pac/Tupac Shakur Audition For Movie/Biopic The Lost Interview
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GORDON PARKS 100TH ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE - A Choice of Weapons: The New Renaissance Artists
SAVAE Inc. & African Voices curated A CHOICE OF WEAPONS: THE NEW RENAISSANCE ARTISTS....a Centennial Tribute to Gordon Parks, featuring works of ...
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The making of "Gordon Parks Collective Works" With Gerhard Steidl. The Gordon Parks Foundation Directed by Matthew Davis Walker Produced by Peter ...
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SHAFTS BIG SCORE HOME MOVIES GORDON PARKS PART 2 1971 IRA LEARNS WHAT ITS LIKE TO BE ON A FILM SET
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'Shaft's Big Score' - Gordon Parks (1972) from the Shaft Anthology: His Big Score and More! (1971-1974) 01 Blowin´ Your Mind (Vocal : O.C. Smith) 02 The ...
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