Photographer and Filmmaker Gordon Parks Dies at 93

Pioneering photographer and filmmaker Gordon Parks died on Tuesday, March 7th in his New York home. Parks joined Life magazine’s staff in the late 1940s, becoming the publication’s first Black photographer. Parks also became the first Black filmmaker to write, direct and score a major studio film in 1969 with The Learning Tree. He went on to direct the seminal blaxploitation film Shaft. Parks’ career also included writing novels, poetry, and musical compositions. In 1998, Parks shot XXL’s “The Greatest Day In Hip-Hop History” cover for the December ’98 issue (below).


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  • http://source one

    this is one of greatest pictures ever
    taken nuff said.sombody please tell me
    where i can get a copy.

  • Juice

    That is hip hop at its best…Thats real hip hop… R.I.P.!

  • dogg1

    is there any way to buy a copy of the photo poster size

  • http://XXL Josh Tempalski

    Please let me know where I can get a picture copy of the cover “The Greatest Day in Hip Hop History” Issue #7 XXL Magazine