Gordon Parks was one of the seminal figures of twentieth century photography. A humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice, he left behind a body of work that documents many of the most important aspects of American culture from the early 1940s up until his death in 2006, with a focus on race relations, poverty, civil rights, and urban life. In addition, Parks was also a celebrated composer, author, and filmmaker who interacted with many of the most prominent people of his era – from politicians and artists to celebrities
“I consider myself a street and documentary photographer. Or maybe visual storyteller is even more appropriate, as it’s not always about the street, nor is it always about documentation. But it is for sure about photography.
What I tend to seek and show is beauty, in an aesthetic and non-aesthetic way: a funny moment, an intriguing situation, an emotional instant, a historical event, a romantic scene, or simply an interesting everyday setting full of life.”