To Smile in Autumn

To Smile in Autumn

Gordon Parks / May 27, 2020

To Smile in Autumn Gordon Parks was born with he says a stubborn need to be somebody Though Parks is remembered most notably as a photographer and filmmaker on his enthralling climb to fame between and he w

  • Title: To Smile in Autumn
  • Author: Gordon Parks
  • ISBN: 9780393012729
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Gordon Parks was born with, he says, a stubborn need to be somebody Though Parks is remembered most notably as a photographer and filmmaker, on his enthralling climb to fame between 1944 and 1978 he was successful in many pursuits, including journalism, poetry, and music It was not always an easy journey, but by thirty six he had overcome many obstacles to become a phoGordon Parks was born with, he says, a stubborn need to be somebody Though Parks is remembered most notably as a photographer and filmmaker, on his enthralling climb to fame between 1944 and 1978 he was successful in many pursuits, including journalism, poetry, and music It was not always an easy journey, but by thirty six he had overcome many obstacles to become a photographer and writer for Life magazine To Smile in Autumn is a candid revelation of a man in the prime of his life and career This autobiography, with a new foreword by Alexs Pate, is a testament to a person much attuned to the greater world and driven to leave his mark on it.

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      • Gordon Parks

        Gordon Parks was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life Magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft.Parks is remembered for his activism, filmmaking, photography, and writings He was the first African American to work at Life magazine, and the first to write, direct, and score a Hollywood film He was profiled in the 1967 documentary Weapons of Gordon Parks by American filmmaker Warren Forma Parks was also a campaigner for civil rights subject of film and print profiles, notably Half Past Autumn in 2000 and had a gallery exhibit of his photo related, abstract oil paintings in 1981 He was also a co founder of Essence magazine, and one of the early contributors to the blaxploitation genre.Parks also performed as a jazz pianist His first job was as a piano player in a brothel His song No Love, composed in another brothel, was performed over a national radio broadcast by Larry Funk and his orchestra in the early 30s He composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra 1953 at the encouragement of black American conductor Dean Dixon and his wife, pianist Vivian and with the help of composer Henry Brant In 1989, he composed and choreographed Martin, a ballet dedicated to civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.Beginning in the 1960s, Parks branched out into literature, writing The Learning Tree 1963 , several books of poetry illustrated with his own photographs, and three volumes of memoirs.In 1981, Parks turned to fiction with Shannon, a novel about Irish immigrants fighting their way up the social ladder in turbulent early 20th century New York Parks writing accomplishments include novels, poetry, autobiography, and non fiction including photographic instructional manuals and filmmaking books Parks also wrote a poem called The Funeral.Parks received over 20 honorary doctorates in his lifetime He died of cancer at the age of 93.


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    1. Read two out of three of his autobiographies so far. Such and interesting and deep life that intersected with central characters at pivotal times in or country's history. Makes me want to get out my camera, get out my pen, and direct, write, travel, and create.


    2. Excellent insights into this era, as Parks was a successful photographer, writer, and director. Yet, he still faced much racism and restrictions on his creativity.



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