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Gordon Parks

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Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Host Bob Edwards talks to Gordon Parks, the Renaissance man, who's best known as a photographer, but also is highly respected as a writer, filmmaker, and composer. Today, on his 88th birthday, Parks tells about his beginnings in photography and how he broke into photojournalism. His pictures in Life magazine gave many white Americans their first look at what it was like to be black in America during the days of racial segregation. Parks went on to make the movie adaptation of his memoir, The Learning Tree, in 1969, and the movie, Shaft, in 1971.