Gordon Parks

Black History Month Honoree 28
Posted on 02/28/2023
Image of Gordon ParksGordon Parks (1912-2006) was the first African American photographer on the staff of Life magazine and later helped found Essence. He also was the first Black writer and director of a studio film, and his second movie, Shaft, helped to shape the blaxploitation era in the '70s. Parks famously told Life in 1999: "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."

Image of Gordon Parks
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