By Gordon Parks
He has performed all of it. Gordon Parks's lifestyles is an outstanding litany of firsts: within the Forties he used to be the 1st African-American photographer to paintings for the Farm safeguard management and for Vogue and Life magazines; within the Sixties he may turn into the 1st African-American director of a tremendous movie. A dominating determine in modern American tradition, he's an artist of uncompromising imaginative and prescient and creativity.
In 2002 Parks bought the Jackie Robinson beginning Lifetime success Award and was once inducted into the overseas images corridor of repute, simply the most recent in a sequence of honors that started while he bought a prestigious Julius Rosenwald Fellowship in 1941 and which now comprises an Emmy, a countrywide Medal of the humanities, and over fifty honorary doctorates. Now in his nineties, he may well simply relaxation on his laurels, however the luminous photos on reveal in Eyes with Winged Thoughts and the poems -- a few meditative and lyrical, a few uncooked with emotion concerning the conflict in Iraq and the tragedy of the tsunami -- express that he's nonetheless a real American Renaissance man.
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Eyes with Winged Thoughts: Poems and Photographs by Gordon Parks