November 22, 2002

For Gordon Parks

[ From Yahoo! News ] :

Black Photographers Pay Tribute to Gordon Parks

Ninety of the nation’s top African-American photographers will converge on Harlem on Saturday, Nov. 30, to pay tribute to the legendary Life Magazine photographer Gordon Parks who will be celebrating his 90th birthday that day.

That afternoon, at 2 p.m., the 90 photographers will gather with Mr. Parks for a group photo at an undisclosed site in Harlem.

Prior to the historic photo shoot, the photographers will fan out across Harlem neighborhoods to document its people and their activities for a forthcoming exhibition and book titled "Harlem Saturday." The photographers will be dedicating some of their work from the photo shoot to raise money for scholarships and to support existing photography workshops.

This unprecedented gathering of some of the nation’s top photographers will include 10 Pulitzer Prize winners and a representation of major photography award winners from across the country, many of whom work with some of the world’s leading media outlets.

Gordon Parks is one of my idols. There isn’t much more to say about him. Do a simple Google search to find out more about him if you don’t know him or his many works. A true Renaissance Man.

Posted by ronn at November 22, 2002 12:40 AM

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Comments
Hi, Gordon Parks is one of my idols, as well. Amazingly human, I embrace him even more for his humanity. Do you know of a PO box or other mailing address I could send him a birthday card? An email address where I could send him an e-card? Thank you for your help, and for this site. S. N. Posted by: S. N. on November 25, 2002 11:03 PM
Thanks for the comments Simi. I'll write about meeting Mr. Parks one of these days. It was one of the highlights of my life. Unfortunately, I don't have contact info for him. I'll see what I can do for you. Posted by: ronn on November 26, 2002 06:08 PM
What an amazing event! The nation's top photographers gathered in Harlem on one day. I was an assistant to photographer Bill Gaskins. It was a privelage to be part of such an event. Gordan seemed to be glowing and in good health. All went well, I can't wait to see the book. Posted by: Yves Francois on December 14, 2002 09:49 PM
hi hello hola aloha Posted by: Lora on January 23, 2003 03:16 PM
gordon parks u are very interesting and i am so glad i have to do a report on u!!!!!!! Posted by: sabrina on February 23, 2004 04:16 PM
I am an artist/sculptor. I am a friend of Gordon Parks's son, David. Through this friendship we have discovered our fathers knew each other in their earlier years. My father was a Pullman-Porter for the Railroad in Chicago and they met on the train during Gordon Parks's travels. I am presently beginning a project of creating a bronze sculpture of Gordon Parks...that will eventually be exhibited at The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita Kansas. Can you direct me to recent pictures of Gordon Parks that are accessible on the internet? I would appreciate your help. Posted by: Jonas Perkins on March 15, 2004 01:48 PM