Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks
(1913 - 2006)
Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks was active/lived in New York, Illinois, Kansas. Gordon Parks is known for African-American genre, figure photography, illustration, prints, writing .
Biography Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks
Born Ft. Scott, Nov. 30, 1912; d. New York, NY, Mar. 7, 2006. Artist. Photographer. Writer. Composer. Film-director. Film producer. Parks became the first African-American photographer to work at magazines like Life and Vogue, and the first black to work for the Office of War Information and the Farm Security Administration. Parks achieved these milestones in the 1940s. Later, in the 1960s, he helped break racial barriers in Hollywood as the first African-American director for a major studio. He co-produced, directed, wrote the screenplay, and composed the musical score for the film based on his 1963 novel, The Learning Tree.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
Kansas Biographical Dictionary. New York: Somerset Publ., 1993.; Gale Free Resource, http://www.gale.com/free_resources/bhm/bio/parks_g.htm, accessed Jan. 4, 2006; Family Search. Version 2.5.0. Salt Lake City: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2002. www.FamilySearch.org accessed July 17, 2006; Brookkman, Philip. Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective. Boston : Little, Brown and Co, 1997).
This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.
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