3BiographyGordon Parks was born the youngest in 1912 in Kansas to a poor, African-American family of 15 children.His mom never let him use his race as an excuse because she had very high expectations for him.She always believed that Black people were equal to White People.
4A Hard LifeHis mom passed away when he was young, so he went to live with his older sister.His sister’s husband kicked him out because they didn’t like each other.He slept in trolley cars, hung around pool halls, worked as a piano player, and was a waiter on a luxury train.
5Gordon ParksHe bought his first camera when he was 26, when he saw some pictures in a magazine about poor workers.Photo by Dorthea Lange
7Gordon Parks He is most famous for his portraits. This one is his most famous.Does it remind you of another art work?American Gothic, 1943
8American Gothic by Gordon Parks, 1942 American Gothic by Grant Wood, 1930
9Gordon ParksHe endured much racism, but he never forgot what his mom told him.He got a job doing fashion photography for Vogue magazineParis, 1950
10Gordon ParksHe liked photographing beautiful models in beautiful places, but he wanted to tell stories with his camera.Ingrid Bergman, 1949
11Gordon ParksOne of the stories he wanted to tell was that of the poor.Beggar Woman and Child, Estoril, Portugal, 1950
12Department Store Birmingham, Alabama, 1956 Gordon ParksHe also wanted to show racial discrimination and injustice during the Civil Rights Movement.Department Store Birmingham, Alabama, 1956
13Malcolm X Addressing Black Muslim Family Rally in Chicago, 1963 Malcolm X was a leader during the Civil Rights Movement. They became great friends.Malcolm X Addressing Black Muslim Family Rally in Chicago, 1963
31Principles of DesignPhotography uses:EmphasisMovement
32Photography uses Emphasis Emphasis is the strongest area of the composition where all the attention goesEthel Shariff in Chicago, 1963
33Photography uses Movement How can a photographer create Movement?Photo By Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1932
34Conclusion Photography is a new Art form Gordon Parks was a Photographer who “painted” important stories during important times during American HistoryHe used the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design to create is Photographs