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Gordon Parks: Collected Works Hardcover – November 30, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-3869305301 ISBN-10: 3869305304 Edition: Slp

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  • Hardcover: 1084 pages
  • Publisher: Steidl; Slp edition (November 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3869305304
  • ISBN-13: 978-3869305301
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 13 x 14.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 25 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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GORDON PARKS: Centennial Honoring the Legendary African American Photographer.

"Gordon Parks is the most important black photographer in the History of Photojournalism. Long after the events that he photographed have been forgotten, his images will remain with us, testaments to the genius of his art, transcending time, place and subject matter."- Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

In honor of the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Gordon Parks, the Howard Greenberg Gallery in collaboration with the Gordon Parks Foundation will present two simultaneous exhibitions of his work. Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and "Invisible Man" curated by Glenn Ligon and Gordon Parks: Centennial, which includes nearly 40 works spanning five decades of the artist's career beginning in the early 1940s, including some of the legendary photographer's most seminal images. Most noteworthy in the exhibitions will be a number of color prints from Segregation Story, 1956.



The exhibitions will coincide with Gordon Parks Collected Works, a five-volume book on his photographs. (Steidl, 2012). The book will be the most extensive publication to document Gordon Parks's legendary career.



The Gordon Parks Foundation permanently preserves the work of Gordon Parks, makes it available to the public through exhibitions, books, and electronic media, and supports artistic and educational activities that advance what Gordon described as "the common search for a better life and a better world." The Foundation is a division of the Meserve-Kunhardt Foundation.



A number of other exhibitions in New York will coincide with the exhibition at Howard Greenberg Gallery including Gordon Parks: 100 Years at the International Center for Photography through January 6, 2013; Gordon Parks: 100 Moments at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture through December 1, 2012; Gordon Parks: Crossroads at the Tisch School of the Arts, Gulf+Western Gallery, from September 4 through September 25, 2012; and Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967 at the Studio Museum of Harlem from November 7, 2012 through February 2013.





Many thanks to the Howard Greenberg Gallery for images and text above; and to Diana Revson, Director of External Affairs for The Gordon Parks Foundation, for keeping me informed over the years of the Foundations artistic and educational activities that advance what Gordon Parks described as "the common search for a better life and a better world." - Elizabeth Avedon, Sept 11, 2012, http://elizabethavedon.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/gordon-parks-centennial-honoring.html



"I was down at MoMA where the Gordon Parks Foundation was hosting the Gordon Parks Centennial Gala, "Gordon Parks One Hundred Years."

I met Gordon Parks in the late 90s when Gloria Vanderbilt invited me to a dinner they were giving for him at ... I think ... MoMA. I know I wrote about it afterwards because I was starry-eyed. Parks and Vanderbilt were two very glamorous people in terms of public image and they had stature in presence too. But they were just powerful (but real) individuals.



Much is made of Parks' photographs, and deservedly. But New York is a place where the Ego Has Landed and remained intact. Fame and celebrity that graces (wrong word, right idea) the talent the city attracts often takes a piece of the heart and the humanity in exchange. Not true with Mr. Parks. He was his work. Vanderbilt is like that too. She and Parks were close friends. Night and Day you are the one.



The Gordon Parks Foundation was founded by Gordon Parks and Philip Kunhardt Jr. Its Executive Director is Peter Kunhardt Jr. They honored three people whose work "has changed the landscape of film, photography and music. Each has excelled in a field Gordon cared deeply about; each shares his commitment to making the world a better place."

David Patrick Columbia & Jeffrey Hirsch - www.NYSOCIALDIARY.com Sept 09/01/12. http://www.nysocialdiary.com/node/1908115/print



"Though he was quite famous for being a filmmaker and the first African-American photographer for Life magazine, until this year, the 100th anniversary of his birth, most of his photographs, except for a few iconic images, were not widely known. That's changing this week as the publisher Gerhard Steidl's famed presses print "Gordon Parks: Collected Works," a comprehensive five-volume collection of Mr. Parks's photographs. Theclick.us Sept 27, 2012. http://lens.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/27/gordon-parks-a-lasting-love/



About the Author

Gordon Parks, born into poverty and segregation on a farm in Kansas in 1912, was the youngest of 15 children. He worked at odd jobs before buying a camera at a pawnshop in 1938 and training himself to become a photographer. Parks was a photographer at the Farm Security Administration and later at the Office of War Information in Washington D.C. from 1941 to 1945. As a freelance photographer, his 1948 photo essay on the life of a Harlem gang leader won him widespread acclaim and a position from 1948 to 1972 as the first black staff photographer and writer for Life Magazine, the largest circulation picture publication of its day. He was also a noted composer and author, and in 1969, became the first African American to write and direct a Hollywood feature film, The Learning Tree, based on his bestselling novel of the same name. This was followed in 1971 by the hugely successful motion picture, Shaft. Parks was the recipient of numerous awards, including the National Medal of Arts in 1988 and over 50 honorary doctorates. Parks died in 2006 at the age of 93.



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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on December 5, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I found this box set an impressive and thorough look at the remarkable photographic career of Gordon Parks. The five books (with 1084 pages) are arranged in chronological order though the fifth one is completely different from the others. Book one starts with his first assignment in 1942 for the FSA-OWI: coverage of African Americans in Washington. Twenty-nine photos are included with the now famous 'American Gothic' shot of office cleaner Ella Watson plus there are others of Ella and her family. These first twenty-nine photos really set the scene for the hundreds more in these books and show Parks ability to capture the essence of whatever he saw through the lens. This first book has fourteen portfolios of his work from 1942 to 1945.

Book two covers thirteen assignments from 1948 to 1955 and includes thirty-six photos from the Harlem gang leader story in the November 1, 1948 Life magazine but also twenty-two fashion shots for Life and Vogue. Book three with ten portfolios (1956-1963) has the first color work: a feature about segregation in the South for a September 24, 1956 issue of Life. Eighteen powerful shots are here, the magazine ran twenty-six from the assignment over twelve pages. Also in this book are Parks memorable Life assignments on crime (September 9, 1957) and twenty photos from the June 16, 1961 issue about Latin American poverty focusing on a twelve year old boy Flavio and his family living in the slums of Rio. Book four with nine portfolios shows how versatile Parks was with assignments on Muhammad Ali, Black Panthers and forty-two photos of performers taken between 1952 and 1998. Also in this book are twenty-three examples of color work: 1958-1975 and eighteen intriguing color abstracts taken during 1993 and 1995.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Johnson on April 11, 2014
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I received my Collected Works today on Gordon Parks, this is a wonderful recollection of his works.I could not put these volumes down. I have every book that has been published on Gordon Parks and by far this is the best. I totally agree with the other review. I was captivated by all the images, some I had seen before and others I am seeing for the first time. I highly recommend Collected Works, if you are a collector like I am, this is a must have.........
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By Ricky on January 22, 2015
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Unbelievable ! So cohesively curated. Such beautiful prints from one of the worlds greatest photographers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ajamu Imhotep Akamefula on November 16, 2014
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Before purchasing this set, I did not know the range of Mr. Parks work. Excellent collection. Perhaps some of the images could have been a bit larger.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Baudelio Gutierrez Jr on October 12, 2014
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Amazing collection
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