Gordon Parks, 1912 - 2006
Before he became known as a film director, writer and musician, Gordon Parks worked as an acclaimed photographer for Life magazine. An incredibly versatile talent, Parks was a photographer who did not settle into one type of photographic work. A child of poverty, his earliest interest in photography was as a tool to fight social injustice. However, in addition to documentary work, he also excelled in fashion, portrait and fine art photography.