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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century by Matthew Bamberg

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Chapter 28. Gordon Parks (1912–2006)

Gordon Parks was not only an adept photographer; he was also a musician and a film director. Parks grew up in a poor, religious, African-American family who believed in personal pride and hard work. He wrote three autobiographical novels and was the first African-American to work at Life magazine. He also directed many movies, including the 1971 film, Shaft.

Parks’ first photography job was photographing models at a department store in St. Paul, Minnesota. He went on to work for the Farm Security Administration with a mission to fight poverty with his photographs. His famous photo American Gothic (www.masters-of-photography.com/P/parks/parks_gothic_full.html) was part of his work there. It features a black woman ...

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