About

Gordon Parks was born in Kansas in 1912 and later raised in St. Paul, Minnesota. He bought a camera at a young age and taught himself how to use it, eventually leading to a position with the Farm Security Administration (F.S.A.). Following its closure in 1943, he worked as a freelance photographer prior to joining Life Magazine where he remained for two decades. He held over fifty honorary doctorates, was a celebrated composer, author, and filmmaker, and the recipient of the 1988 National Medal of Arts. Gordon Parks died in 2006 at the age of 93.

Exhibition

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
Industrial Photographs from The Standard Oil Company (N.J.) Collection by Gordon Parks. New York Public Library, May 28–June 30, 1945
The Art Institute of Chicago, 1953
Limelight Gallery, New York, 1960
The Works of Gordon Parks. Time-Life Gallery, New York, January 15–February 27, 1966
This Thing Called Jazz. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., February 8–28, 1970
Eye Music: New Images by Gordon Parks—An Exhibition of Color Photographs. Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, September 26–November 3, 1979
Gordon Parks: Expansions—The Aesthetic Blend of Painting and Photography. Alex Rosenberg Gallery, New York, September 17–October 17, 1981
Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., opened September 1997; traveled nationwide afterward
Gordon Parks: At 100. Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota, June 07 – July 28, 2012.
Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and “Invisible Man.” Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, New York, September 14 – October 27, 2012.
The Hard Kind of Courage: Gordon Parks and the Photographers of the Civil Rights Era. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas, September 16 – December 16, 2012.
Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967. The Harlem Studio Museum, New York, New York, November 11, 2012 – June 30, 2013.
Gordon Parks: The Segregation Portfolio. Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, November 30, 2012 – February 16, 2013.
Gordon Parks: The Segregation Portfolio. Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, November 30, 2012 – March 29, 2013.
Gordon Parks: Centennial. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, California, February 21 – April 27, 2013.
GORDON PARKS: An American Lens. Adamson Gallery, Washington, D.C., March 23 – May 31, 2013.
Una Storia Americana. FORMA, Milan, Italy, April 25 – June 23, 2013.
Une Histoire Américaine. Magasin Électrique, Arles, France, July 1 – September 22, 2013.
Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument. NOMA, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 12, 2013 – January 12, 2014.
A Living Legacy. Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, October 24, 2013 – June 8, 2014.
Gordon Parks. Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, April 24, 2014 – May 24, 2014.
Gordon Parks: Portraits. BAND Gallery, Toronto, Ontario, April 25, 2014 – August 3, 2014.
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story. Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 2 – September 20, 2014.
Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument. The Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, Virginia, September 19 – December 21, 2014.
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story. High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia, November 15, 2014 - June 21, 2015.
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story. Nicholas Metivier Gallery. Toronto, Ontario, January 8 – 31, 2015.
Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott. Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, January 17 – September 13, 2015.
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story. Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia, January 23 - March 14, 2015.
Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument. Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa January 23 - March 15, 2015.
Gordon Parks: American Champion. Arnika Dawkins Gallery, Atlanta, Georgia, January 23 - March 28, 2015.
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story. Adamson Gallery, Washington DC, April 11 – August 29, 2015.
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story. The Gordon Parks Foundation, Pleasantville, New York, April 21 – September 15, 2015.
Gordon Parks: Segregation Story. Blue Sky, Oregon Center for the Photographic Arts, Portland, Oregon, June 3 – June 28, 2015.
Gordon Parks: Ali. Arthur Roger Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana, August 1 – September 19, 2015.