March 08, 2006

Goodbye to Gordon Parks

Novelist, self-taught pianist, semi-pro basketball player, composer, director of Shaft–and somehow he still found time to be a groundbreaking photojournalist at Life for more than 20 years. I didn’t know the name Gordon Parks before he passed away yesterday at age 93, but since then I’ve learned a bit about his amazing and far-reaching life. The NYT offers an overview and slideshow; NPR features an audio report from Parks’ 90th birthday; and PDN hosts a gallery of his work with accompanying text. His life spoke to the transformative power of photography, and to the idea of “Not allowing anyone to set boundaries, cutting loose the imagination and then making the new horizons.”

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