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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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The Learning Tree
Shaft's Big Score!
Malcolm X
Malcolm X Camera and Electrical Department
Shaft Director


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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.

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

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


He was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 1988 by the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington D.C. See more »

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