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Gordon Parks (Photofile)

Paul Roth


A compact survey of the work of Gordon Parks, the American photographer best known for documenting issues such as poverty, race relations and civil rights


Gordon Parks (1912–2006) was a pioneering figure in 20th-century photography. As well as being the first African-American photographer to join the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and to become a staff photographer for Life magazine, he was also a writer, film director and composer. Although best known for documenting issues such as poverty, race relations and civil rights, Gordon Parks was remarkably versatile, turning his gift for visual narrative to subjects as diverse as news coverage, fashion, art and sport. He also captured prominent figures of his era, from Malcolm X to Marilyn Monroe, in a series of memorable portraits. Working in the US and around the world, he was driven by a commitment to social justice: ‘The common search for a better life and a better world is deeper than colour or blood.’

The Photofile series brings together the best work of the world’s greatest photographers, in an affordable pocket format. Handsome and collectable, the books are produced to the highest standards. Each volume contains some sixty full-page reproductions printed in superb duotone, together with a critical introduction and a full bibliography. The series has been awarded the first annual prize for distinguished photographic books by the International Center of Photography, New York.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback with flaps

Size: 19.0 x 12.5 cm

Extent: 160 pp

Publication date: 7 October 2013

ISBN: 9780500411094

About the Author

Paul Roth is senior curator and director, photography and media arts, at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC.

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