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Gordon Parks

African American artist (1912-2006)

1912   -   2006

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
occupation: film director, photographer, actor, photojournalist, screenwriter, journalist, film actor, novelist, fashion photographer, artist, film producer, composer, poet
award received: Spingarn Medal, National Medal of Arts, Library of Congress Living Legend, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame, Lucie Award, Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame, Paul Robeson Award

Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans—and in glamour photography.As the first famous pioneer among black filmmakers, he was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans, and creating the "blaxploitation" genre. He is best remembered for his iconic photos of poor Americans during the 1940s (taken for a federal government project), for his photographic essays for Life magazine, and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft. Parks also was an author, poet and composer.
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The Learning Tree

1964 semi-autobiographical novel by Gordon Parks

author: Gordon Parks


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