This five-volume collection surveys five decades of Gordon Parks’ photography and is the most extensive publication to document his legendary career. Widely recognized as the most important and influential African-American photographer of the twentieth century, Parks combined a unique documentary and artistic style with a profound commitment to social justice.
Working first for the Farm Security Administration and later for Life magazine, he specialized in extended narrative picture stories on the difficult subject matter. Covering crime, poverty, segregation, the politics of race and class, and controversial personalities, Parks became legendary for his ability to meld penetrating insight with a lyrical aesthetic.
He was thus able to introduce a broad and diverse public to people, issues, and ideas they might otherwise have ignored. Parks was remarkably versatile, traveling the world to photograph news events and fashion, as well as the worlds of art, literature, music, theatre, and film. Later in life, he reconceived his vision in fundamentally personal and poetic terms, producing color photographs that were allusive rather than descriptive, symbolic rather than literal.
“These images and words are a gathering of individuals, events, places, conflicts, and dilemmas that confronted me as I shifted from course to course in pursuit of survival. Some star-colored, others, painted with rage, fall like rain in my memory. They all simmer down to what I remember, forgot, and what at last I know.” Gordon Parks
Edited by Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr. and Paul Roth
Size: 31 x 26,5 cm, 1084 pages
Binding: Hardcover / Clothbound in slipcase
Publisher: Steidl,Co-published with The Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville, New York, 2012