Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks

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General Information

Name: Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks

Pen Name: Gordon Parks

Genres: Poetry, Photography

Born: November 30, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas

Deceased: March 7, 2006 in New York City, New York

Illinois Connection

Parks moved to Chicago at the urging of heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis' wife. He lived there five years taking fashion photographs and documenting life in the slums of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Parks was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft.

Published Works

  • The Learning Tree, 1964
  • A Choice of Weapons, 1967
  • Voices in the Mirror, 1990
  • Glimpses Toward Infinity, Little Brown & Company, 1996
  • Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective, Bulfinch, 1998
  • A Star for Noon : An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry and Music , Bulfinch, 2000
  • A Hungry Heart, 2005
  • Eyes with Winged Thoughts: Poems and Photographs , Atria, 2005

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Learning Tree

ISBN: 0449215040
Release Date: 1987-06-12

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A Choice of Weapons

ISBN: 0873512022
Release Date: 1986-08-01

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Glimpses Toward Infinity

ISBN: 082122297X
Release Date: 1996-09

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Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective

ISBN: 0821225510
Release Date: 1998-09-01

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A Star for Noon: An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry and Music

ISBN: 0821226851
Release Date: 2000-10-23

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A Hungry Heart: A Memoir

ISBN: 0743269039
Release Date: 2007-01-09

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Literary Awards

External Links

Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks on WorldCat

Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks on Amazon

Gordon Parks on Wikipedia

Gordon Parks on Gale Cengage Learning.com


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