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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.

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photography

Photography

Gordon Parks

gordon parks
Gordon Parks

Was a Photographer

biography
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.
  • She always believed that Black people were equal to White People.
a hard life
A Hard Life
  • His 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.
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Gordon Parks

He bought his first camera when he was 26, when he saw some pictures in a magazine about poor workers.

Photo by Dorthea Lange

time line
Time Line

1912

1930s

1950s

1960s

1970s

2006

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Gordon 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

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American Gothic by Gordon Parks, 1942

American Gothic by Grant Wood, 1930

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Gordon Parks

He endured much racism, but he never forgot what his mom told him.

He got a job doing fashion photography for Vogue magazine

Paris, 1950

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Gordon Parks

He liked photographing beautiful models in beautiful places, but he wanted to tell stories with his camera.

Ingrid Bergman, 1949

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Gordon Parks

One of the stories he wanted to tell was that of the poor.

Beggar Woman and Child, Estoril, Portugal, 1950

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Gordon Parks

He also wanted to show racial discrimination and injustice during the Civil Rights Movement.

Department StoreBirmingham, Alabama, 1956

malcolm x was a leader during the civil rights movement they became great friends
Malcolm X was a leader during the Civil Rights Movement.They became great friends.

Malcolm X Addressing Black Muslim Family Rally in Chicago, 1963

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Time Line

1912

1930s

1950s

1960s

1970s

2006

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Gordon Parks

He also told stories of other African-Americans during a America’s cultural revolution.

Muhammad Ali, 1970

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Gordon Parks

He did everything from photography to writing, music, and making movies.

Shaft, 1971

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Gordon Parks

When he was old, he started making abstract photography and paintings.

He passed away in March 2006.

A Memory, 1993

what is photography
What is Photography?

It’s Art using a camera and film.

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Photography

In photography, the camera is like the paintbrush, and the film is like the paper

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Photography

When the camera put the picture on the film, it makes a negative.

The real picture shows up when you print it on paper.

composition
Composition

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.

elements of art
Elements of Art

Photography has:

Line

Form

Space

Value

Color

photography has lines
Photography has Lines
  • Line is a dot that moves from one point to another
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Photography has Lines

What kind of lines do you see here?

Photo by Gordon Parks

photography has form
Photography has Form

Form is a 3D closed area.

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Photography has Form

What kind of form do you see?

photography has space
Photography has Space

Space is the area around

Photo by Andy Goldsworthy

photography has value
Photography has Value

Value is light and dark.

The Fontanelle FamilyBessie and Kenneth, Little Richard, Norman Jr. and Ellenat the Poverty Board in New York City, 1967

principles of design
Principles of Design

Photography uses:

Emphasis

Movement

photography uses emphasis
Photography uses Emphasis

Emphasis is the strongest area of the composition where all the attention goes

Ethel Shariff in Chicago, 1963

photography uses movement
Photography uses Movement

How can a photographer create Movement?

Photo By Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1932

conclusion
Conclusion
  • Photography is a new Art form
  • Gordon Parks was a Photographer who “painted” important stories during important times during American History
  • He used the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design to create is Photographs