Gordon Parks, ‘Woman and Dog in Window, Harlem, New York’, 1943, Adamson Gallery

from the Rede Leonardo Portfolio 2016: portfolio of seven Pigment Prints by various artists, benefiting the Rede Leonardo Foundation in Caldas da Rainha, Portugal

Image rights: The Gordon Parks Foundation

Publisher: The Gordon Parks Foundation

Printed by Adamson Editions, Washington DC

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