Considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Gordon Parks was a self-taught photographer, filmmaker, writer, and composer. He is best known for chronicling the African American experience in powerful, poetic photographs.Parks worked for the Farm Security Administration and the Office of War Information before becoming the first black staff photographer at Life magazine. - artsy.net
In addition to his work as a photographer, Parks also became a successful filmmaker, directing Shaft, one of the most successful movies of 1971. His awards include the American Society of Magazine Photographers’ Photographer of the Year in 1960, the Congress of Racial Equality Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000, as well as over 20 honorary doctorates. - artnet.com
His most famous images, such as, Emerging Man (1952) and American Gothic (1942) capture the essence of activism and humanitarianism in mid-twentieth century America and have become iconic images, defining their era for later generations. They also rallied support for the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement, for which Parks himself was a tireless advocate as well as a documentarian. - Howard Greenberg Gallery
Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans—and in glamour photography.
I think most people can do a whole lot more if they just try.
I have been born again and again and each time, I have found something to love.
If you don't have anything to say, your photographs aren't going to say much.
Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit.
The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.
I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.
I suffered evils, but without allowing them to rob me of the freedom to expand.
You know, the camera is not meant just to show misery.
The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer
The photographer begins to feel big and bloated and so big he can't walk through one of these doors because he gets a good byline; he gets notices all over the world and so forth; but they're really --the important people are the people he photographs. They are what make him.