In celebration of Black History Month, Macy’s hosted a “In Conversation” event about Gordon Parks. The conversation was moderated by CBS Better Mornings personality, Tracye Hutchins, and actor Eriq La Salle and local Atlanta gallery owner, Arnika Dawkins.
Gordon Parks was a filmmaker, photographer and author and left his imprint everywhere for the world to see. During the conversations, Eriq La Salle and Arnika Dawkins responded to questions from the moderator. They gave us some insight on who Gordon Parks was based on historical facts. They also let us know who Gordon Parks was to them and the impact they feel he had on American Film and Photography.
Before this event I didn’t know much about Gordon Parks, here are a few interesting facts I learned that I wanted to share with you.
1. Gordon Parks was a still born with no heart beat and was revived after being submerged in a bath of ice water.
2. Gordon Parks was the first African American director to have major Hollywood Movie, The Learning Tree in 1969. He wrote the screenplay which was a semi-autobiography and composed the score for the film himself.
3. Gordon Parks bought his first camera at the age of 25 for $7.50 and went on to become a staff photographer for Life Magazine and freelance photographer for Vogue and stayed in those positions for 20 years.
To learn more about Gordon Parks, you can visit the Gordon Parks Foundation website. If you do, please come back and share with me what you learned.
Also if you are in the Atlanta area Arnika Dawkin’s has an exhibit in her Southwest Atlanta gallery that will run until March 29, 2013 where you can see some of Gordon Park’s work from segregation times.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for this post about the Macy’s Black History Month event. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.