Five volumes make up this hugely impressive Collected Works edition published by Steidl and it takes that many to do justice to and celebrate Gordon Park’s unique life in photography. The first volume covers the years from 1942, when Parks first acquired a camera, to 1948 when he was hired by Life magazine as a staff photographer, making him the first African-American photographer to work for a mainstream American periodical. Born in Fort Scott, Kansas, a part of Jim Crow America that Parks called “the Mecca of bigotry”, a series of lucky breaks allowed him to start making a living...
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