Gordon Parks: 1912-2006
Gordon Parks
Michael Wilmington~Chicago Tribune
"I chose my camera as a weapon against all the things I dislike about America--poverty, racism, discrimination."
So said Gordon Parks in his searingly powerful 1966 autobiography "A Choice of Weapons," a bold statement that aptly revealed two sides of this complex, brilliant and ultimately heroic artist: the outward anger against injustice and the love that lay beneath it. Both helped fuel his rise from Kansas rural poverty to world fame.
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The activist, photographer, musician, author and director of Shaft will be missed.