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Community Advocacy Organization

Gordon Parks: The camera was his weapon

Gordon Parks was the first African American on the staff of LIFE magazine, and. Later, he captured some of the most beautiful photographs published in Vogue. He was the first Black director of any major film, Shaft. Parks famously told LIFE in 1999: "I saw that the camera could be a weapon against poverty, against racism, against all sorts of social wrongs. I knew at that point I had to have a camera."

Quick Facts:

Born: November 30, 1912

Died: March 7, 2006 (aged 93)


Life (photographic essays)


Leslie Campbell Parks

Toni Parks-Parsons


PGA Oscar Micheaux Award (1993)


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