Gordon Parks

Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective
1997
Hardcover

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

ISBN: 978-0821222980

Dimensions: 31.1 x 26.4 cm

Pages: 360

 

Written when Parks was 84 years old, 'Half Past Autumn' provides a complete retrospective of his photographic career - a book that fuses nearly 300 images with Parks' own account of his life. The text chronicles how Parks was able to turn his rage against racism into a creative force - and transform himself from a homeless teenager into one of the great photojournalists of our era, working first for the Farm Security Adminsitration then at Vogue and then as staff photographer for Life magazine.

 

The images included in the book cover a wide range of subjects - youth gangs in New York, fashion models in Paris, a young boy in Rio's slums, portraits of Ingrid Bergman and Winston Churchill and civil rights protests to name just a few - but all are marked by Parks' bold signature style and uncompromising vision. The book also includes a sampling of his recent abstract work in colour.