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Gordon Parks

Eldridge Cleaver and His Wife, Kathleen, Algiers, Algeria, 1970

Archival pigment print
40 × 30 in
101.6 × 76.2 cm
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Gordon Parks (1912–2006) was drawn to photography as a young man when he saw images of migrant …

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Gordon Parks (1912–2006) was drawn to photography as a young man when he saw images of migrant workers published in a magazine. Despite his lack of professional training, he found employment with the Farm Security Administration (FSA), which was then chronicling the nation’s social conditions. When the FSA closed in …

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Gordon Parks
American, 1912–2006
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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.”

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Gordon Parks (1912–2006) was drawn to photography as a young man when he saw images of migrant …

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Gordon Parks (1912–2006) was drawn to photography as a young man when he saw images of migrant workers published in a magazine. Despite his lack of professional training, he found employment with the Farm Security Administration (FSA), which was then chronicling the nation’s social conditions. When the FSA closed in …

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Gordon Parks
American, 1912–2006
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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.”

Gordon Parks

Eldridge Cleaver and His Wife, Kathleen, Algiers, Algeria, 1970

Archival pigment print
40 × 30 in
101.6 × 76.2 cm
Bidding closed
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