Black Classroom, Shady Grove, Alabama, 1956

Signature: Foundation Authentication Stamp

Publisher: Gordon Parks Foundation

About Gordon Parks

Considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Gordon Parks was a self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer, and composer. He is best known for chronicling the African American experience in powerful, poetic photographs. Parks worked for the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information before becoming the first black staff photographer at Life magazine. He was the first black auteur to release a major Hollywood film, The Learning Tree (1969), and he later made Shaft (1971) and Shaft’s Big Score! (1972), films that defined the blaxploitation genre. Parks also cofounded Essence magazine. In his photographs, Parks captured both the rich and famous and marginalized communities, especially his own. “I saw that the camera could be a weapon against . . . all sorts of social wrongs,” he said. “I knew at that point I had to have a camera.”

American, 1912-2006, Fort Scott, Kansas, based in New York, New York

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
A Cool Breeze, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
2016
Gordon Parks: A Segregation Story, 1956, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
2015
Gordon Parks: Model Citizen, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston
2015
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story, Adamson Gallery, Washington

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Gordon Parks: A Segregation Story, 1956, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago
2015
Gordon Parks: Model Citizen, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston
2015
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story, Adamson Gallery, Washington
2015
Segregation Story, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta
2013
Gordon Parks: An American Lens, Adamson Gallery, Washington

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Rede Leonardo Portfolio 2016, Adamson Gallery, Washington
2016
A Cool Breeze, Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
2015
Paris Photo in Boston, Robert Klein Gallery, Boston
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