That's great... It's just impossible to overstate his influence and inspiration for so many.MB1 said:From the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Parks loved to tell the story about how he got his start by boldly walking into an exclusive clothing store called Frank Murphy's and asking if someone was needed to take photos of the models hired for a runway show. He didn't mention that he didn't own a camera or have a lick of experience.
Murphy said he wasn't interested. "I was on my way out of the store when his wife stopped me and told me to come back after closing," Parks recalled while attending a retrospective of his work at Walker Art Center a decade ago. "Later I asked her why she took a chance on me, and she said she had just had an argument with Frank and was trying to get under his skin."
He chuckled, then added, "Actually, I think she was just a woman who had a great heart."
That is the power of photography. We know the images and the power of them and not the artist that produced them. Great testament to the artist.Ridgetop said:That's too bad. It's funny how I knew the pictures but not the name behind them. Great photography.
Hey colker...not sure if you have access to a Barnes & Noble but they usually have a nice collection of his photojournalism and writings...it's astounding just how much he created and for SO long. It's worth browsing for some of his works if at all possible.colker1 said:he deserves more recognition. i don't see a book on him in any shops around me..
i didn't know those pics..
i saw some of his work when i was learning and looking for everything photography. then his name seemed to disappear from photo mags.chuckice said:Hey colker...not sure if you have access to a Barnes & Noble but they usually have a nice collection of his photojournalism and writings...it's astounding just how much he created and for SO long. It's worth browsing for some of his works if at all possible.
No apologies at all Wayne...hmmm, I just checked my collection against B&N and Amazon and some of it seems to be tough to find. I have these and I couldn't recommend one over another...they're all fantastic. Compilations of his writings and photography.wayneanneli said:Hi Charles,
I must apologise for my ignorance in not knowing who Gordon Parks was. My photographic influence has mostly come from Canadian and Swedish nature photographers like Sven Hornell, Claes Grundsten, and Freeman Patterson to Galen Rowell of the US and David Dombrovskis from Tasmania. Thanks for introducing me to a name that I will not forget in the near future.
ps. Any photobooks of his to suggest?
Yeah...same here. He's the reason I got into photography. I was fortunate enough to spend an entire semester in college just studying his body of work. He even came to talk to us towards the end of the year...jeez this is 17 years ago now. He was so genuine and inspiring to a bunch of know nothing college students. He brought all these unpublished pictures and was commenting on how unprofessional some of it was...as if!!! His work while covering Malcolm X and Ali deserves a book all of its own. He deserves more than biline on CNN...weapons grade chaos said:my uncle gave me both those books for my sixteenth birthday. sometimes I think I was born too late.
A Conscience With a LensMB1 said:They have an on-line edition, might be well worth checking out.