Photography Gordon Parks Gordon Parks Was a Photographer Biography Gordon 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.
Was a Photographer
He bought his first camera when he was 26, when he saw some pictures in a magazine about poor workers.
Photo by Dorthea Lange
He is most famous for his portraits.
This one is his most famous.
Does it remind you of another art work?
American Gothic, 1943
American Gothic by Grant Wood, 1930
He endured much racism, but he never forgot what his mom told him.
He got a job doing fashion photography for Vogue magazine
He liked photographing beautiful models in beautiful places, but he wanted to tell stories with his camera.
Ingrid Bergman, 1949
One of the stories he wanted to tell was that of the poor.
Beggar Woman and Child, Estoril, Portugal, 1950
He also wanted to show racial discrimination and injustice during the Civil Rights Movement.
Department StoreBirmingham, Alabama, 1956
Malcolm X Addressing Black Muslim Family Rally in Chicago, 1963
He also told stories of other African-Americans during a America’s cultural revolution.
Muhammad Ali, 1970
He did everything from photography to writing, music, and making movies.
When he was old, he started making abstract photography and paintings.
He passed away in March 2006.
A Memory, 1993
It’s Art using a camera and film.
In photography, the camera is like the paintbrush, and the film is like the paper
When the camera put the picture on the film, it makes a negative.
The real picture shows up when you print it on paper.
In Art, it’s important to think about where to put everything in a picture.
Artists use the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design to compose an image.
What kind of lines do you see here?
Photo by Gordon Parks
Form is a 3D closed area.
What kind of form do you see?
Space is the area around
Photo by Andy Goldsworthy
Value is light and dark.
The Fontanelle FamilyBessie and Kenneth, Little Richard, Norman Jr. and Ellenat the Poverty Board in New York City, 1967
Emphasis is the strongest area of the composition where all the attention goes
Ethel Shariff in Chicago, 1963
How can a photographer create Movement?
Photo By Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1932