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The HistoryMakers Video Oral History With Gordon Parks

Bieschke, Paul; HistoryMakers (Video Oral History Collection)
Format
Video; Computer Resource; Online Video; Online
Summary
Artist Gordon Parks, Sr. was born on November 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas, the youngest of fifteen children. Parks moved to Minnesota in 1926 after the death of his mother. While working on a train, he noticed a magazine with photographs from the Farm Security Administration (FSA), and decided to buy a used camera in 1938, deciding on a career in photography. In 1941, Parks received a fellowship to work at the photography section of the FSA. By the end of the 1940s, Parks was working with Life and Vogue magazines, and in that capacity did some of his most famous work. Branching out in 1963, Parks directed his first film, The Learning Tree. Parks went on to direct many films, including Shaft in 1971, and has composed music and written several books. Parks passed away on March 7, 2006, at the age of 93.
Performers
Julieanna L. Richardson, interviewer.
Release Date
2016
Run Time
146 min.
Language
English
Variant Title
History Makers video oral history with Gordon Parks
Gordon Parks
Credits
Videographer, Paul Bieschke.
Published
Chicago, Illinois : The HistoryMakers, [2016]
Recording Info
Recorded New York, New York 2001 March 12.
Description
1 online resource (5 video files (2 hr., 25 min., 57 sec.)) : sound, color
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