National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day March 6 – Gordon Parks

0 Comments 07 March 2012

Wow folks,

We truly have a renaissance man for the DPD today.

Gordon Parks did it all.

  • He developed a large following as a photographer for Life for more than 20 years, and by the time he was 50 he ranked among the most influential image makers of the postwar years.
  • Fashion photographer for Vogue (and headed their Paris bureau
  • In the 1960’s he began to write memoirs, novels, poems and screenplays, which led him to directing films including “The Learning Tree,” “Shaft” and “Shaft’s Big Score (Yes…SHAFT!?)
  • Wrote two novels, four books of memoirs, four volumes of poetry, a ballet and several orchestral scores.
  • In 1970 he helped found Essence magazine and was its editorial director from 1970 to 1973.

I truly encourage you to read the obit. Its comprehensive and its adherence to the 3 R’s garners a 9 out of 10 lytles. If Andy Grunberg were ever to visit the NOR’s home offices I’d buy him a nice steak dinner for his efforts on this obit. Hell, I’d even send him home with a complimentary box of Frosted Flakes.

Voila – Get after that hump day!

Gordon Parks, a Master of the Camera, Dies at 93

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By ANDY GRUNDBERG

Published: March 8, 2006

Gordon Parks, the photographer, filmmaker, writer and composer who used his prodigious, largely self-taught talents to chronicle the African-American experience and to retell his own personal history, died yesterday at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.

His death was announced by Genevieve Young, his former wife and executor. Gordon Parks was the first African-American to work as a staff photographer for Life magazine and the first black artist to produce and direct a major Hollywood film, “The Learning Tree,” in 1969. Continue

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