Gordon Parks

1912 - 2006

Gordon Parks

Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans—and in glamour photography.As the first famous pioneer among black filmmakers, he was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans, and creating the "blaxploitation" genre. He is best remembered for his iconic photos of poor Americans during the 1940s (taken for a federal government project), for his photographic essays for Life magazine, and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gordon Parks has received more than 907,836 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 771st most popular film director.

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Among film directors, Gordon Parks ranks 772 out of 1,305Before him are Jonas Åkerlund, Gérard Krawczyk, Dante Ferretti, Mikael Håfström, Mohsen Makhmalbaf, and Emeric Pressburger. After him are Preston Sturges, Masoud Kimiai, Dara Singh, Gleb Panfilov, Revaz Chkheidze, and Sergei Bodrov.

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Among people born in 1912, Gordon Parks ranks 216Before him are Otto Siffling, Glenn Morris, Ben Hogan, Conlon Nancarrow, John Templeton, and Tadashi Imai. After him are Leonardo Cilaurren, Viviane Romance, Hideo Itokawa, Michael Wilding, Martin Schwarzschild, and Alfredo Pián. Among people deceased in 2006, Gordon Parks ranks 194Before him are Don Knotts, William P. Gottlieb, Asima Chatterjee, Esther Lederberg, Hilde Domin, and Lou Rawls. After him are Gösta Löfgren, Hugh Thompson Jr., Andreas Katsulas, Ole Madsen, Gene Pitney, and Alan Shugart.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Gordon Parks ranks 5,181 out of 12,171Before him are Richard Posner (1939), John Diehl (1950), Angry Grandpa (1950), Clarke Scholes (1930), Clyde Drexler (1962), and Steve Lacy (1934). After him are Preston Sturges (1898), Robert Taylor (1932), Barbara Morgan (1951), James G. Blaine (1830), C. L. Moore (1911), and William Perry (1927).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Gordon Parks ranks 188Before him are Paul Morrissey (1938), Henry Selick (1952), Gary Ross (1956), Eli Roth (1972), Budd Boetticher (1916), and James Gunn (1966). After him are Preston Sturges (1898), Bob Gale (1951), Iwao Takamoto (1925), Caleb Deschanel (1944), George Sidney (1916), and Alexander Payne (1961).

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