Parks, Gordon, 1912-2006

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1912-11-30
Death 2006-03-07
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Photographer, author, filmmaker, and composer.

From the description of Gordon Parks papers, 1946-1991 (bulk 1960-1990). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70983811

Gordon Parker (1912-2006) was a filmmaker, author, photographer, and composer from New York, N.Y.

From the description of Oral history interview with Gordon Parks, 1964 Dec. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 80507171

d. 2006.

From the description of Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. (Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)). WorldCat record id: 122344943

Biographical Note

  • 1912, Nov. 30: Born, Ft. Scott, Kans.
  • 1933: Married Sally Alvis (divorced 1961)
  • 1941: Awarded Julius Rosenwald Fellowship
  • 1941 - 1944 : Photographer, Farm Security Administration (later absorbed by the Office of War Information), Washington, D.C.
  • 1944 - 1948 : Freelance photographer, Glamour and Vogue
  • 1948: Published Camera Portraits: The Techniques and Principles of Documentary Portraiture. New York: Watts
  • 1948 - 1972 : Photographer, Life magazine
  • 1950: Photographer, Life magazine, Europe
  • 1960: Named Photographer of the Year, American Society of Magazine Photographers
  • 1961: Writer and director, Flavio (film)
  • 1963: Published The Learning Tree. New York: Harper and Row Married Elizabeth Campbell (divorced 1973)
  • 1966: Published A Choice of Weapons. New York: Harper and Row Received Notable Book Award, American Library Association, A Choice of Weapons
  • 1968: Published A Poet and His Camera. New York: Viking Press Received Emmy Award, best television documentary, Diary of a Harlem Family
  • 1969: Producer, director, and writer, The Learning Tree (film)
  • 1971: Published Born Black. Philadelphia: Lippincott Published Gordon Parks: Whispers of Intimate Things. New York: Viking Press Published In Love. Philadelphia: Lippincott Director, Shaft (film)
  • 1972: Director, Shaft's Big Score (film)
  • 1973: Married Genevieve Young (divorced 1979)
  • 1974: Director, The Super Cops (film)
  • 1975: Published Moments Without Proper Names. New York: Viking Press
  • 1976: Director, Leadbelly (film)
  • 1978: Published Flavio. New York: Norton
  • 1979: Published To Smile in Autumn: A Memoir. New York: Norton
  • 1981: Published Shannon. Boston: Little, Brown
  • 1984: Director, Solomon Northup's Odyssey (film)
  • 1988: Producer, Gordon Parks: Moments Without Proper Names (film) Awarded National Medal of Arts
  • 1989: Composer, Martin (ballet)
  • 1990: Published Voices in the Mirror: An Autobiography. New York: Doubleday
  • 1997: Published Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective. Boston: Bulfinch Press
  • 2000: Published A Star for Noon: An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry, and Music. Boston: Bulfinch Press
  • 2006, Mar. 7: Died, New York, N.Y.

From the guide to the Gordon Parks Papers, 1946-1991, (bulk 1960-1990), (Manuscript Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Photography
  • African American artists
  • Filmmakers--Interviews
  • American literature
  • Photography--United States
  • Motion pictures, American
  • Art and race
  • African American photographers--Biography
  • African American composers--Biography
  • Ballet--United States
  • African American authors--Biography
  • Documentary photography
  • Authors--Interviews
  • Ballet
  • Photographers--Interviews
  • Composers--Interviews

Occupations:

  • Motion picture directors
  • Photographers
  • Composers
  • Authors

Places:

  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Washington (D.C.) (as recorded)