This extraordinarily-talented man made a huge impact on not just me, but the world in general, having inspired generations of directors, photographers, writers, and artists who followed. The Great Gordon Parks directed the seminal film, Shaft, a film that spawned countless imitators, both onscreen and in the streets…
…and one of my personal favorites, the movie The Learning Tree, based on his novel by the same name (a book that deeply impacted me as a child). He was the first African-American to work on staff as a photographer for Life magazine.
His photos in such a major periodical proved to be portals offering front row seats for the rest of the world to witness a society in the midst of revolution.
Godspeed, Mr. Parks.
You showed us life through your incredible lens and, in the process, you changed the world.