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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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Kendrick Lamar's new “ELEMENT.” video is striking, but it's also much more than that. Beyond its stunning imagery, the video doubles as an homage to the ...
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Gordon Parks interview (2000)
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Gordon Parks: My Advice to Young Black People
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Invisible Man: Gordon Parks and Ralph Ellison in Harlem
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Gordon Parks Master Photographer
Gordon Parks (November 30, 1912 - March 7, 2006) American photographer, film director, writer and musician.
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UNSTOPPABLE: A Conversation with: Melvin VAN PEEBLES, Gordon PARKS & Ossie DAVIS
Melvin Van Peebles, Gordon Parks and Ossie Davis came together for the first time on screen to share the adventures of their distinguished careers and lives.
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Gordon Parks: My First Camera
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Gordon Parks Biography (Music by Gordon Parks)
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The World of Piri Thomas | a Film by Gordon Parks (1968)
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Americans In Focus: Gordon Parks
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Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott (Lecture)
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Gordon Parks on what he would tell his grandchildren - There are no limitations!.mpg
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John Edwin Mason - Author, Gordon Parks: American Photographer
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