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Gordon Parks and Earvin "Magic" Johnson honored by the Jackie Robinson Foundation
NYP2002031205 - NEW YORK, March 11 (UPI) -- Director Gordon Parks, who received the 2002 Lifetime Achievement Award, is congratulated by Oscar Award winning actor Lou Gosset Jr., left, at the March 11, 2002, Robie Award ceremonies in New York City. rlw/ep/Ezio Petersen UPI
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NAACP Image Award (2003) PGA Oscar Micheaux Award (1993)

Gordon Roger Alexander Buchanan Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006) 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.

At the age of 25, Parks was struck by photographs of migrant workers in a magazine and bought his first camera, a Voigtländer Brilliant, for $12.50 at a pawnshop. The photo clerks who developed Parks' first roll of film, applauded his work and prompted him to get a fashion assignment at Frank Murphy's women's clothing store in St. Paul. Parks double exposed every frame except one, but that shot caught the eye of Marva Louis, heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis' elegant wife. She encouraged Parks to move to Chicago, where he began a portrait business for society women.

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