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Celebrating Gordon Parks

As the first black staff photographer at Life magazine, Gordon Parks photographed both the gorgeous and the gritty, and the two opposing subject matters would define his career as a photographer. While Parks once said he used his camera as a weapon against the things he hated, like racism and poverty, he also admitted that it can be used to capture beauty, such as fashion and society portraits.

In honor of the centennial of the ground-breaking photographer’s birth, the International Center of Photography (ICP) in New York City, in co-operation with The Gordon Parks Foundation, is hosting a unique outdoor exhibition that can be viewed along the museum’s exterior. “Gordon Parks: 100 Years” includes an oversize mural of “Emerging Man” and over 50 photographs by Parks, which will be displayed via three video screens as part of a window installation at the ICP building at 1133 Avenue of the Americas through January 6, 2013. Visit icp.org for more information.

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  1. “Time is not passing. Time is going to be here. You are passing. You have to do as much as you can.” Gordon Parks. I’ve had this quote in one notebook or another for 20 years I bet. He remains one of my favorite photographers.

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