Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was the first African-American photographer for LIFE and Vogue.  Born in Fort Scott, Kansas on November 30, 1912, he was a self-taught artist who was also a writer, composer and filmmaker.  In 1941 he won a photography fellowship with the Farm Security Administration, and from there worked as a photographer for the Office of War Information and the Standard Oil Photography Project.  He relocated to Harlem, and his 1948 essay on a Harlem gang leader won him a position as a staff photographer and writer for LIFE magazine, where he continued to work for the next 20 years, shooting fashion, sports, and entertainment as well as social issues like poverty and racial segregation, and took iconic portrait photographs of African American leaders such as Malcolm X, Stokely Carmichael, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Muhammad Ali.   See more photographs by Gordon Parks.  
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