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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks  

Pen Name: Gordon Parks

Genre: Photography Poetry

Born: November 30, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas


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''.

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