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Gordon Parks Biography
Gordon Parks (1912 - ) is an African American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist, and film director. He has been an important and creative force in all of these fields. He began his public career as a freelance fashion and personality photographer in Chicago, but his first substantial work came as a documentary photographer with the Farm Security Administration. He has also performed and as a jazz pianist. He directed a number of movies during the "Blaxploitation" phase of American cinema, though the films cannot be classified that way. He was a notable campaigner for civil rights in the US. He has also been the subject of film and print profiles (notably "Half Past Autumn" (2000)).

Parks' works include:


A Choice of Weapons (1964) (autobiographical)
To Smile in Autumn (autobiographical)
Voices in the Mirror (autobiographical)
The Learning Tree (autobiographical)
Published compilations of his poetry and photography:

Gordon Parks: A Poet and His Camera
Gordon Parks: Whispers of Intimate Things
Gordon Parks: In Love, Moments Without Proper Names
Arias of Silence
Glimpses Toward Infinity

The Learning Tree (1969)
Shaft (1971)
Leadbelly (1976)
Solomon Northup's Odyssey (1984)
Flavio, Diary of a Harlem Family (1964)
The World of Piri Thomas (1968)
Shaft's Big Score (1972)
The Super Cops (1974)

Martin (1989) (ballet about Martin Luther King)
Moments Without Proper Names (1987)
Documentaries about or including Parks:

Soul in Cinema: Filming Shaft on Location (1971)
Passion and Memory (1986)
Malcolm X: Make it Plain (1994)
All Power to the People (1996)
Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks (2000)
Baadasssss Cinema (2002)
Soul Man: Isaac Hayes (2003)

An exhibition of his photography was held at the Norton Museum of Art in 1999.
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