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Gordon Parks was born on November 30, 1912, in Fort Scott, Kansas. As a young boy, he showed an interest in art and music, which his family supported. He went on to study journalism at Lincoln University, where he also played football. After college, Parks worked as a photographer for the Farm Security Administration (FSA), which captured the daily lives of American farmers and rural workers during the Great Depression. His work with the FSA led to a successful career as a photojournalist and film director. In addition to his professional accomplishments, Parks was also an advocate for civil rights and education. He passed away on March 7, 2006. This is his best quotes.

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About Gordon Parks

birth of the author

November 30, 1912

death of the author

March 7, 2006

award of the author

Naacp Image Award


You know, the camera is not meant just to show misery. โ€” Gordon Parks

You know, the camera is not meant just to show misery. You can show things that you like about the universe, things that you hate about the universe. It’s capable of doing both. โ€” Gordon Parks

I bought my first camera in Seattle, Washington. Only paid about seven dollars and fifty cents for it. โ€” Gordon Parks

The camera could be a very powerful instrument against discrimination, against poverty, against racism. โ€” Gordon Parks

you know the camera is not meant just to show misery Gordon Parks quote

I suffered first as a child from discrimination, poverty … So I think it was a natural follow from that that I should use my camera to speak for people who are unable to speak for themselves. โ€” Gordon Parks

I picked up a camera because it was my choice of weapons against what I hated most about the universe: racism, intolerance, poverty. โ€” Gordon Parks

You have a 45mm automatic pistol on your lap, and I have a 35mm camera on my lap, and my weapon is just as powerful as yours. (To Black Panther militant Eldridge Cleaver) โ€” Gordon Parks

I had known poverty firsthand, but there I learned how to fight its evilโ€“along with the evil of racismโ€“with a camera. โ€” Gordon Parks


And now, I feel at 85, I really feel that I’m just ready to start. โ€” Gordon Parks

and now i feel at 85 i really feel that i m just ready to start Gordon Parks quote

But I do feel a little teeny right now that I’m just about ready to start, and winter is entering. Half past autumn has arrived. โ€” Gordon Parks

I feel it is the heart, not the eye, that should determine the content of the photograph. What the eye sees is its own. What the heart can perceive is a very different matter. โ€” Gordon Parks

I have always felt as though I needed a weapon against evil. โ€” Gordon Parks

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Many times I wondered whether my achievement was worth the loneliness I experienced, but now I realize the price was small. โ€” Gordon Parks


Enthusiasm is the electricity of life. How do you get it? You act enthusiastic until you make it a habit. โ€” Gordon Parks

if a man can reach the latter days of his life with his soul intact he has mastered life Gordon Parks quote

I’ve been with Life now for seventeen years and I have written several articles for them and will be doing more writing and do at least two assignments a year besides my writing. โ€” Gordon Parks

I think maybe the rural influence in my life helped me in a sense, of knowing how to get close to people and talk to them and get my work done. โ€” Gordon Parks

If a man can reach the latter days of his life with his soul intact, he has mastered life. โ€” Gordon Parks

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