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The Gordon Parks Foundation

Considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Gordon Parks broke barriers as a self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer, and composer; he is best known for chronicling the beauties and indignities of the African American experience in powerful, poetic photographs. He trained his lens both on everyday people and on more famous, influential figures such as Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. 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 director 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. During his lifetime, Parks received countless honors, including a National Medal of Arts in 1988. Today, his photographs can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, among other institutions.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions
2021
Gordon Parks: Home in the WildernessRhona Hoffman Gallery
2020
Gordon Parks: This Land Is Your LandRhona Hoffman Gallery
2019
Gordon Parks: The Flávio StoryJ. Paul Getty Museum
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Muhammad Ali, Miami, Florida, 1966

Gelatin Silver Print
24 × 20 in
61 × 50.8 cm
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Location
Lorton
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Medium
Image rights
The Gordon Parks Foundation

Considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Gordon Parks broke barriers as a self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer, and composer; he is best known for chronicling the beauties and indignities of the African American experience in powerful, poetic photographs. He trained his lens both on everyday people and on more famous, influential figures such as Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. 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 director 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. During his lifetime, Parks received countless honors, including a National Medal of Arts in 1988. Today, his photographs can be found in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, among other institutions.

Established
Represented by industry leading galleries.
Collected by major museums
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), J. Paul Getty Museum
Selected exhibitions (3)
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