With fantastic previously unseen images, this book represents a collaboration between two heroes of Black American culture
In 1966 Life magazine assigned famed photographer Gordon Parks to cover Muhammad Ali, the brash young boxing champion. Four years later in 1970, the two came together again for a second feature story in "The Great American Magazine." These encounters framed a critical passage in the career of the controversial heavyweight, whose antiwar and black separatist views had led to widespread vilification in the United States. They also marked a significant moment of transition for Parks, then following up his remarkable success in photojournalism with new projects as an author, filmmaker and composer.
Gordon Parks was born into poverty and segregation in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912. An itinerant laborer, he worked as a brothel pianist and railcar porter, among other jobs, before buying a camera at a pawnshop, training himself, and becoming a photographer. In addition to his storied tenures photographing for the Farm Security Administration (1941-45) and Life magazine (1948-72), Parks evolved into a modern-day Renaissance man, finding success as a film director, writer and composer. The first African American director to helm a major motion picture, he helped launch the blaxploitation genre with his film Shaft (1971). He wrote numerous memoirs, novels and books of poetry, and received many awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Parks died in 2006.
- Publisher: Steidl/The Gordon Parks Foundation/The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (February 11, 2020)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 213 pages
- ISBN-10: 395829619X
- ISBN-13: 9783958296190
- Item Weight: 3.48 pounds
- Dimensions: 10.1 x 1 x 11.6 inches