By keeberly otero, Period 1
About Gordon Parks
He's the youngest of 15 children, he want to a high school were blacks were not allowed to play sports or attend social functions. He often recalled, later in life, that one of his teachers told not to go to college, since they were destined to become maids and porters.
Gordon Parks didn't finish high schoolHe is best remembered for his iconic photos of poor Americans during 1940s (taken for a federal government project) , for his photographic essay for life magazine
He briefly worked in a brothel as a piano player, but quit after one customer stabbed another in front of him.
How he became a photographer
By 1937, Parks was working as a waiter on a train. One of the passengers left behind. Photographers working for the government's Farm Security Administration had taken these photos to illustrate the effects of the Great Depression. He saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. Parks quickly bought one at a pawnshop and spent three years teaching himself photography
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Some of Gordon Parks photography
Gordon Park's photo of Muhammad Ali from 1966
Children with Doll
The children in the photo are Ella's grandchildren
The picture is from 1942
American Gothic 1942
Everywhere Parks want he encountered racism because he had to enter though the back door in a white restaurant and in a white theater they wouldn't even let him in the door. So Stryker told him to talk to older blacks who lived in Washington all their entire life's and that's how he met Ella, he asked her about her life. Park's simple question, "would you let me photography you" and Ella's response, led to Park's most recongizable image.
American Gothic 1942
- Parks received the fell owing there are probably more
- 1941: Awarded a fellowship for photography from the Rosenwald Fund. The fellowship allowed him to work with the Farm Security Administration.
- 1961: Named "Magazine Photographer of the Year" (1960) by the American Society of Magazine Photographers.
- 1972: The NAACP awarded Parks the Spingarn Medal.
- 1984: Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Thiel College, a private, liberal arts college in Greenville, Pennsylvania
- 1989: The United States Library of Congress selects The Learning Tree as one of the first 25 films chosen for permanent preservation as part of the National Film Registry, deeming it to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" due to its being the first major studio feature film directed by an African American.
- 1990: Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism, Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
- 1999: Gordon Parks Elementary School, a nonprofit, K-5 grade public charter school in Kansas City, Missouri, was established to educate the urban-core inhabitants.
- 2000: The Congress of Racial Equality Lifetime Achievement Award.
- 2000: Library of Congress selects Parks' film Shaft for National Film Registry preservation, as well—deeming it to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant",
- 2000 (April): Library of Congress awards Parks its accolade "Living Legend"—honoring "artists, writers, activists, filmmakers, physicians, entertainers, sports figures and public servants who have made significant contributions to America's diverse cultural, scientific and social heritage"—one 26 writers and artists so honored by the LOC.
- 2001: Kitty Carlisle Hart Award, Arts & Business Council, New York
- 2003: Royal Photographic Society's Special 150th Anniversary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography.
- 2002: Jackie Robinson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award.
- 2002: Inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum.
- 2004: The Art Institute of Boston awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
- 2008: An alternative learning center in Saint Paul, Minnesota renamed their school Gordon Parks High School after receiving a new building
- " I won't let critics seal my fate- they're all shouting "I'm full of hate"!.. But that they don't really hurt me none 'cause I'm doing good and having fun! They keep writing I'm deceitful... But I'm really helping lots of people. So... Now... From Mohammed you've just heard the latest and the truest word. --A poem made up made for Gordon Parks by his friend Ali
- " The photographer begins to feel big and bloated and so big he can't walk though one of these doors because he gets a good byline; he gets noticed all over the world and so fourth; but they're really -the important people are the people He photographs -Gordon parks