Gordon Parks Khadija shirwa

Early Life

Gordon Parks was born November 30, 1912 and died March 7, 2006. He was in Fort Scott, Kansas.His father was a farmer. Parks attended a segregated elementary. He was bullied and discriminated against in high school. His mom died when he was 14 years old. He left home and stayed with his relatives for a while. After that he left and lived on his own.

Background info

He was married and divorced three times. He had four children. Hid oldest son was also a film director. His name was Gordon Parks Jr. He died in a plane crash in Kenya in 1979. Parks died because of cancer when he was 93 years old.


Gordon Parks was a famous photographer,painter, musician, and film director. He started his photography career when he was 25 years old. He started off working on fashion and portraits. He developed an interest in the poor African American neighborhood and showed how the African american people were living. He took photos of sports and and poverty. He also took pictures of famous people such as Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X. He won many awards and was able to get good jobs.


Parks became the first African American to direct a big movie. The film was called "The learning Tree". It became a big hit. He also directed many other big films and became a very well known director.


“I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera.” – Gordon Parks

Meaning of art work

The overall meaning of his art work was the represent the African American community. He showed what they wanted to say through his pictures. He gave a voice to the African Americans and made their problems known.

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