Gordon Parks (right) died yesterday and he was a hero to many photographers, not just for making nice pictures, but for being a pivotal figure in 20th century photography (including photograph above, entitled “Children With Doll”), movies, music and poetry. He became the first black photographer at Life Magazine in the 1950s, in an era when he couldn’t even go into many stores and restaurants because he was black. He wrote books and poetry. He wrote piano concertos. He directed movies, including “Shaft” in 1971. Here’s a short biography at the Library of Congress website here — Jesse Tinsley/Spokesman-Review.
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