Obit: Gordon Parks, 93

Parks, a multi-talented artist, first gained recognition as a photographer for Life Magazine, often focussing on individuals dramatically affected by living in poverty. He also directed two films of historic interest. His first feature, The Learning Tree (VHS 4291), was based on his autobiography and was among the first 25 films selected for the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1989. His second feature, Shaft (VHS 3134), became a cultural landmark both as a pioneer of the Blaxploitation genre and for an unforgettable theme song. It too was eventually named to the National Film Registry.

Also of interest: Videos featuring interviews with Gordon Parks
I Remember Harlem, Part 3: Toward Freedom, 1940-1955 VHS 5113
Remembering Life VHS 1231
Malcolm X: Make it Plain VHS 2508
Baadassss Cinema: A bold look at 70’s Blaxploitation Films DVD 539

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