R.I.P. Gordon Parks.

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.

New York Times.com: Gordon Parks, a Master of the Camera, Dies at 93

The Internet Movie Database: Gordon Parks
Amazon.com: Gordon Parks: Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective
Masters of Photography.com: Gordon Parks

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7 thoughts on “R.I.P. Gordon Parks.

  1. >Lo, I had the honor of having dinner with Mr. Parks about 20 years ago in New York. Do this day, it was one of the high lights of my life. It's always sad when someone passes but in his case, he has left tangible evidence that he was here and made a difference. God bless him.(zrxoxwo)

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  2. >Yup, LBoogie. And wow, Juan, that must have been something. I love that Lo Zoners have been sharing their firsthand stories of connecting with these lions of our lifetime. Lance with Mrs. Coretta Scott King and you with Mr. Parks. What wonderful experiences!!

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  3. >wow. he was one of my heroes. an incredible artist. i vaguely remember the learning tree, but i really would like to see it again. i hope it's on DVD now.if anybody remembers parks' shaft, look at how it was shot. we're talking about a movie 35 years old and the cinematography was sharp, crisp and in color. no, black faces underexposed, skin tones tight, compositionally correct. the lighting for black films of that era had to deal with bad exposure, lighting, etc. his films never sacrificed quality in looking for a buck!his photography alone. wow. where can you start? the two that stand out in mind right now are of black woman with a broom & mop standing in front of an american flag, and a group of black muslim women dressed in white, standing in an triangular shape.if you GOOGLE, IMAGES search: GORDON PARKS….you'll find many of his fantastic works.thanks lo, i didn't know he passed til i saw your blog.

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  4. >Just so all of you will know. Any photograph that is the Library of Congress's archives can be ordered for a small fee. You can even get museum quality prints. I have a wall of African American writers in my office and all of the photos came from that source. All of the much-shown Gordon Parks collection is available and I think if you're in town you can even walk away with a poster-size print.(ngrvpxca)mmm, Lo, this verification word is a little suspect 🙂

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