Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

By WEATHERFORD, Carole Boston

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ISBN
9780807530177
Publisher
Albert Whitman


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on February 1, 2015  |  Preschool to Grade 4

Gr 1–3—This picture book biography of Gordon Parks highlights the growth of his career as a photographer. Despite receiving little encouragement at school, Parks not only excelled at photography but also wrote novels, penned poetry, and composed music. The rich, varied text ("Boiling mad, Parks vows to lay bare racism with his lens.") is complemented by the illustrations, which sharply contrast Parks's life—mostly shown in full color—with sketches of his photographs—in black-and-white or sepia tones. Parks's career, which began with...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on March 1, 2015

Weatherford (Sugar Hill: Harlem’s Historic Neighborhood, rev. 5/14; Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane, rev. 5/08) presents the life of groundbreaking African American photographer Gordon Parks, whose iconic 1942 photo “American Gothic” -- showing a black cleaning woman standing in front of an American flag, holding a broom and a mop -- became a lasting symbol for civil rights, a visual metaphor for racial inequity in the United States. Straightforward present-tense text (“his white teacher tells her all-black class, You’ll all wind up porters and waiters. What did she know?”) provides details...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on January 1, 2015

Straightforward present-tense text presents the life of this groundbreaking African American photographer, whose iconic 1942 photo "American Gothic"...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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