Headshot, portrait, street and documentary photographer in NYC and Jersey City

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Legends - Gordon Parks

Born:

1912, Kansas (died 2006)

Locations:

USA

Gear:

Various, including:
Voigtlander Brilliant
Rolleiflex TLR
Nikon F

Influences:

Walker Evans
Dorothea Lange
Bernard Hoffman

“At first I wasn’t sure that I had the talent, but I did know I had a fear of failure, and that fear compelled me to fight off anything that might abet it.”

“The subject matter is so much more important than the photographer.”

“The guy who takes a chance, who walks the line between the known and unknown, who is unafraid of failure, will succeed.”

“You know, the camera is not meant just to show misery.”

Key Publications:

 

Segregation Story
A Harlem Family
Back to Fort Scott
The Making of an Argument

References:

 

The Gordon Parks Foundation

 

Shooter Files

A Choice of Weapons (autobiography)