Individual Author Record
General InformationPhotography Poetry Born: November 30, 1912 in Fort Scott, Kansas Sites:
Illinois ConnectionParks 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 InformationParks 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''.
*''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