Gordon Parks was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft. Born in Fort Scott, Kansas, Parks died in New York City at the age of 94.
Ingrid Bergman in 1949, on location in Stromboli, Italy.
CHILDREN WITH DOLL
A life-size doll provides companionship for two children in their impoverished Washington, D.C. home, 1942.
MUHAMMED ALI, 1966.
BIG MOMMA AND BOY
Bessie and Little Richard the morning after she scalded her husband in retaliation for his abuse, 1967/8.
Ethel Sharrieff, the daughter of Elijah Muhammad, leader of the Nation of Islam, 1956.
Fashion photograph, 1952.
AMERICAN GOTHIC, 1942.
In Parks’ most iconic photograph, a cleaning woman poses in a reinterpretation of Grant Wood’s famous painting, part of a Depression era survey for Farm Security Administration.
AMERICAN GOTHIC, 1930
Collection of The Art Institute of Chicago
Gordon Parks at the civil rights march on Washington, DC, 1963.
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