Artist of the moment……Photographer Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks was an African-American photographer born in  the year 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas. Parks was renown for his work dealing with the overwhelming at times racism he felt in relocating to Washington D.C.  In addition to photography Parks was also a film maker, film director, film writer, and composer.

price range information: Works range from $2,000 to $123,000l.

Gordon Parks’s story is one of just being in the right place at the right time. When he was 25 he bought his first camera. The person who developed the film rolls could see he has an eye for the right shot. The person sent the photos to fashion company located in Minnesota. Eventually the photos came across a celebrity in the wife of American boxer Joe Louis. She encouraged to take a job in Chicago and relocate.

In 1942 he worked with the Farm Security Administration as a lead photographer located in Washington D.C.

Over his career shot many magazine covers for LIFE magazine. Parks also worked for other fashion magazines including Vogue. Parks was respected for his ability to shoot the model whilst they were in motion rather than just pose them.

In 1968 he won an Emmy Award for a documentary on an African- American family living in Harlem, New York. Gordon Parks also directed the hit movie from 1971 titled SHAFT.

Parks was given the National Medal of the Arts by President Ronald Reagan in 1988.

In this clip Gordon Parks talks about his first photography job:

Below a brief bio of the artist and montage of his work:

Another short montage of works by Gordon Parks:

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