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Celebrating the Life and Works of ASMP Legend Gordon Parks

By February 1, 2018February 7th, 2018Diversity in Photography, Strictly Business Blog

Join us in celebrating the life and works of award-winning photographer and film director, Gordon Parks, during Black History Month. As a photographer and film director, ASMP Legend Gordon Parks made history in the world of still and motion photography as a pioneer among black filmmakers, being the first African-American to direct major motion pictures.

Named the Photographer of the Year in 1960 by ASMP, Parks’s creative works include his iconic images taken between 1940 and 1970 of poor Americans for photographic essays for Life magazine that appear timeless and continue to churn emotions decades later.

Parks’s autobiography, A Choice of Weapons, details his life growing up in poverty, and how he taught himself to be a photographer.

View collections of his incredible works at the Gordon Parks Foundation, which “permanently  preserves the work of Gordon Parks, makes it available to the public through exhibitions, books, and electronic media and supports artistic and educational activities that advance what Gordon described as “the common search for a better life and a better world.”





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