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Gordon Parks (1912–2006)


The pre-eminent American photojournalist of sub-Saharan descent. An acclaimed photographer for Life magazine from the late 40s through late 60s, he turned to directing films, his second of which, the blaxploitation movie Shaft (1971), achieved success at the box office. In 1989 his first film effort, The Learning Tree (1969), was selected among ... See full bio »

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 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1976 Leadbelly
 1971 Shaft
 1964 Flavio (Documentary short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Camera Portraits", 1948

Publicity Listings:

3 Biographical Movies | 6 Articles | 1 Pictorial | See more »

Alternate Names:

Gordon Parks Sr.
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

"I don't make black exploitation films." from The Village Voice (1976)

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Two of his films, The Learning Tree and Shaft, are in the National Film Registry. See more »

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