The Flávio Story + A Choice of Weapons
A pioneer in many respects, Gordon Parks was the first African American to photograph for Life and Vogue magazines and to direct a major Hollywood movie, The Learning Tree. The publication of Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story gives an in-depth account of a 1961 Life photoessay documenting poverty in Brazil and Parks’s years-long work on behalf of a Brazilian boy, his family, and their community. Gordon Parks died in 2006, but his reputation both for involved photojournalism and social action is legendary. The 2021 movie biography
A Choice of Weapons is an excellent introduction to the man’s life and work.
Gordon Parks: The Flávio Story 2018, 304 pages €58 Hardback, with free shipping Steidl
A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks Directed by John Maggio, 2021, HBO Documentary Films Available in Canada on Crave