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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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Known For

Shaft Director
The Learning Tree
Shaft's Big Score!
Family Portrait
Family Portrait Himself


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 1984 American Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1976 Leadbelly
 1971 Shaft
 1964 Flavio (Documentary short)
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Other Works:

Book: "Camera Portraits". See more »

Publicity Listings:

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

Alternate Names:

Gordon Parks Sr.

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Personal Quote:

[1976 interview in "The Village Voice"] I don't make black exploitation films.


Was the commencement speaker at the Kansa City Art Institute's Class of 1984 graduation. See more »

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