The image is striking: A stone-faced African-American woman in a spotless maid’s uniform cradles a white toddler while a stylishly dressed white woman sits nearby. Gordon Parks took the picture at the Atlanta airport in the spring of 1956. (Photo: Gordon Parks)
Gordon Parks was one of the greatest photographers of our time. A truly creative spirit, he was also a musician, poet, novelist, activist and film director. His body of work was stunning and ran the gamut from fashion to poverty. Gordon was the first black staff photographer at Life magazine in the 1940s and the first African-American to direct a major studio film, "The Learning Tree."
Gordon Parks. Parks took this photo of a worker in the Washington DC office building of the Farm Security Administration on his first day of work there. Parks later worked for Life Magazine and wrote, directed and composed the music for the film "The Learning Tree." He describes taking this photo in his first autobiography.