Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Parkses in:
 • Evergreen Cemetery
 • Fort Scott
 • Bourbon County
 • Kansas
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Gordon A. Parks, Sr
Birth: Nov. 30, 1912
Fort Scott
Bourbon County
Kansas, USA
Death: Mar. 7, 2006
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Motion Picture Director. Born in Fort Scott, Kansas, he captured the struggles and the triumphs of black America as a photographer for Life magazine and then became Hollywood's first major black director with his films "The Learning Tree" (1969) and the hit "Shaft" (1971). His other film credits included "The Super Cops," (1974); "Aaron Loves Angela," (1975); and "Leadbelly," (1976). Although growing up in poverty he became a premier fashion photographer in the 1940s, eventually working for Glamour, Vogue, and other glossy New York magazines. He was the first African American to work as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration where he developed a powerful documentary style that depicted slums, poverty, and the marginal existences of African Americans. He then covered everything from fashion to politics to sports during his 20 years at Life magazine from 1948 to 1968. As a photographer he was probably best known for his gritty photo essays on the grinding effects of poverty in the United States and abroad and on the spirit of the civil rights movement. In addition to novels, poetry and his autobiographical writings, his writing credits included nonfiction such as "Camera Portraits: Techniques and Principles of Documentary Portraiture," (1948), and a 1971 book of essays, "Born Black." He also published books of poetry and wrote musical compositions including "Martin," a ballet about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. He received a host of awards during his life. In 2002, at age 90, he received the Jackie Robinson Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and was inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. Died in New York.  (bio by: Fred Beisser) 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Sarah A. Parks (1868 - 1928)
 
 Children:
  Gordon Roger Parks (1934 - 1979)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Fort Scott
Bourbon County
Kansas, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Fred Beisser
Record added: Mar 07, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13558429
Gordon A. Parks, Sr
Added by: Fred Beisser
 
Gordon A. Parks, Sr
Added by: Andrea Jaume
 
Gordon A. Parks, Sr
Added by: Andrea Jaume
 
There are 5 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- R I P
 Added: Nov. 30, 2014
On your 102nd birthday
- Nancy Forrest
 Added: Nov. 27, 2014
Rest in peace, sir.
- Fluttergirl
 Added: Nov. 14, 2014
There are 177 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.1 after 85 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service