Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks
“My camera is my weapon against poverty and racism.”

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We love photography! So much so that we are not often found without our camera.  Photography can illuminate stories, bring life to still moments, evoke emotions and spring forth change.  Gordon Parks was a seminal photographer of the last century.  His mostly black and white photography captured and illustrated the stories of the impoverished, the Civil Rights Movement, blue-collar workers, children, artists and fashionistas.  In the 1940s, Parks became the  first African American staff photographer and writer for the most prominent publication of the time, Life Magazine.  A man who did not believe in limits, Parks added author, screenplay writer, composer and film director to his credits.  He famously directed the original Shaft and subsequent sequel as well as authored the book The Learning Tree.  His works continue to be far-reaching and iconic.

Alberto Giacometti
Gordon Parks

Stokely Carmichael
Gordon Parks

shepherd boy
Gordon Parks

roundhouse worker
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impoverished boy – Rio de Janeiro
Gordon Parks

Chicago 1953
Gordon Parks

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz – Malcolm X – on airplane
Gordon Parks

lobster catcher
Gordon Parks

brothers – Rio de Janeiro
Gordon Parks

grease plant worker
Gordon Parks

boy – Harlem
Gordon Parks

protest
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Chicago school
Gordon Parks

beggar woman
Gordon Parks

El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz – Malcolm X
Gordon Parks

My camera is my weapon against poverty and racism.
~ Gordon Parks

The guy who takes a chance, who walks the fine line between the known and unknown,
who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.
~ Gordon Parks

Source of all Gordon Parks photography

-nAh

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