American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film,Shaft.
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- In 1941, Parks was awarded a fellowship for photography from the Rosenwald Fund. The fellowship allowed him to work with the Farm Security Administration.
- In 1961, Parks was named "Magazine Photographer of the Year" by the American Society of Magazine Photos.
- In 1972, the NAACP awarded Parks the Spingarn Medal.
- In 1984, Parks received an honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Thiel College, a private, liberal arts college in Greenville, Pennsylvania
- In 1989, the United States Library of Congress deemed The Learning Tree "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" due to its being the first major studio feature film directed by an African American and the film was preserved in the United States National Film Registry
- In 2000, Parks was awarded The Congress Of Racial Equality Lifetime Achievement Award.
- In 2000, the Library of Congress deemed Shaft to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", selecting it for NFR preservation as well
- In 2003 he was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Special 150th Anniversary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography.
- In 1995, Parks announced that he would donate his papers and entire artistic collection to the Library of Congress and one year later, "The Gordon Parks Collection" was curated
- In 1997, the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. mounted a career retrospective on Parks, Half Past Autumn: The Art of Gordon Parks
- In 1999, Gordon Parks Elementary School, a nonprofit, K-5 grade public charter school in Kansas City, Missouri, was established to educate the urban-core inhabitants 
- In 2004, The Art Institute of Boston conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Parks
- In 2008, an alternative learning center in Saint Paul, Minnesota renamed their school Gordon Parks High School after receiving a new building 
- Flash Photography (1947)* Camera Portraits: Techniques and Principles of Documentary Portraiture (1948) (documentary)
- The Learning Tree (1964) (semi-autobiographical)
- A Choice of Weapons (1967) (autobiographical)
- Born Black (1970) (compilation of essays and photographs)
- To Smile in Autumn (1979) (autobiographical)
- New edition with foreword by Alexs D. Pate. Minneapolis:, 2009
- Voices in the Mirror Doubleday, New York (1990) (autobiographical)
- The Sun Stalker (2003) (biography on J.M.W. Turner)
- A Hungry Heart (Nov. 1, 2005) (autobiographical)
Compilations of poetry and photography
- Gordan Parks: Elementary school
- Gordon Parks: A Poet and His Camera
- Gordon Parks: Whispers of Intimate Things
- Gordon Parks: In Love
- Gordon Parks: Moments Without Proper Names (1975)
- Arias of Silence
- Glimpses Toward Infinity
- A Star for Noon - An Homage to Women in Images Poetry and Music (2000)
- Eyes With Winged Thoughts (released Nov. 1, 2005)
- Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective, memoir excerpts by Gordon Parks. Bulfinch Press/Little, Brown (1997) ISBN 0-8212-2298-8
- Flavio (1964)
- Diary of a Harlem Family (1968)
- The World of Piri Thomas (1968)
- The Learning Tree (1969)
- Shaft (1971)
- Shaft's Big Score (1972), director and composer
- The Super Cops (1974)
- Leadbelly (1976)
- Solomon Northup's Odyssey (1984)
- Martin (1989), PBS presentation of the stage performance of the ballet written on Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Moments Without Proper Names (1987)
- Martin (1989) (ballet about Martin Luther King)
- Shaft's Big Score (1972)