Alone after his mother’s death, homeless in a Minnesota winter, young Gordon struggled to stay in school, working at menial jobs and riding streetcars all night to escape the cold. Refusing to succumb to despair, he instead transformed his anger at poverty and racism into a creative force and went on to break down one barrier after another. He was the first black photograpAlone after his mother’s death, homeless in a Minnesota winter, young Gordon struggled to stay in school, working at menial jobs and riding streetcars all night to escape the cold. Refusing to succumb to despair, he instead transformed his anger at poverty and racism into a creative force and went on to break down one barrier after another. He was the first black photographer at Vogue and Life, and the first black screenwriter and director in Hollywood, at the helm of such projects as the award-winning Shaft. And his novel, The Learning Tree, has sold more than a quarter of a million copies.Spanning the major events of five decades, Voices in the Mirror takes readers from Minnesota and Washington, D.C., to the glamour of Paris and the ghettos of Rio and Harlem. His intimate portrayals of Ingrid Bergman and Roberto Rossellini; of the Muslim and African American icons Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad and Muhammad Ali; of the young militants of the civil rights and black power movements; and of the tragic experiences of the less famous, like the Brazilian youngster Flavio, combine to form an unforgettable story.Gordon Parks’s life is a metaphor for the courageous vision and extraordinary resilience of the African American community, while also serving as a testament to the spirit and generosity that are its hallmarks....
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Voices in the Mirror Reviews
boo hoo, i finished the book today. thankfully, i just saw online that he has another memoir written after this one. it's amazing how honest he was in this book, discussing such topics as how he never got over the violence and racism of his youth (which became the impetus of his drive to succeed), his three marriages, his extremely successful career, his art, his views on society, and the numerous people he met along the journey of his life. he is a true renaissance man and never even finished high school. amazing! what i loved best about this book is the black history (and american history of course) that you get to experience through his eyes. because he was such a great writer, you come away with the feeling that you were really there as he was back then. he was born in 1912, so you feel the depression of the depression, america's uphill battle with WWII, the excitement and tumultuousness of the sixties, the sobering reality of vietnam, etc. it was enlightening to me as he talked about bonding with malcolm x (he even became godfather to one of malcolm's daughters), eldridge cleaver (cleaver asked him to serve the panthers as minister of information!), muhammad ali, etc. i am thankful that i read this book because i learned the extent of his contributions. he was not just a great artist, he was also a significant social activist and pioneer who paved the way for african-americans who came after him.
A must read for anyone who has ever had an excuse for why they 'couldn't' do something in their lives. Gordon was a visionary, a creative and deep soul, a gifted artist and a complex and tortured human being. His work stands alone and speaks for itself; from the slums in Rio to the runways of Paris - his art is as complicated as the man himself.
An Autobiograpy of one of my favorite photographers and one of the most inspiring men I've ever read about. Born one of 13 children, homeless as a youth, self taught photographer(after finding a camera left on a train). First black photographer at Life and Vogue Magazine, Director of the film Shaft, composer etc....... Sadly Gordon Parks passed away in the last few years at the age of upper 90s still creating art. I would have loved to have met him.
Overlapping a bit from A Choice of Weapons, and continuing the story into his old age, Voices in the Mirror is the further adventures of one of America's great artists, Gordon Parks. In this volume, Parks' work as a Life photographer brings him into direct contact with the most important faces of the age, becoming a confidant of civil rights leaders and a journalist of world celebrities. Again, Parks weaves tales of amazing courage and compassion for his subjects, all while establishing a deep sense of humility in the lessons learned along the way. A fitting, perfect volume alongside A Choice of Weapons.
Excellent read. The best biography that I have yet to read. Clearly a man who excelled in multiple fields.A very addictive read.
This was a compelling book to read-
Going to pass this along to my friend Jerry Jones a great photographer in his own right! Hope you enjoy!