Eyes with Winged Thoughts: Poems and Photographs

Eyes with Winged Thoughts: Poems and Photographs

Gordon Parks


In Eyes with Winged Thoughts, the forty-four pictures and fifty-eight poems, reflecting on his lengthy and striking existence, provide an extraordinary glimpse of his suggestions and emotions approximately every thing from romantic like to the Iraq conflict and the passing of Pope John Paul II.

He has performed all of it. Gordon Parks's existence is an amazing litany of firsts: within the Nineteen Forties he was once the 1st African-American photographer to paintings for the Farm safeguard management and for Vogue and Life magazines; within the Nineteen Sixties he could develop into the 1st African-American director of an important movie. A dominating determine in modern American tradition, he's an artist of uncompromising imaginative and prescient and creativity.

In 2002 Parks got the Jackie Robinson starting place Lifetime success Award and was once inducted into the foreign images corridor of status, simply the most recent in a sequence of honors that started whilst he bought a prestigious Julius Rosenwald Fellowship in 1941 and which now contains an Emmy, a countrywide Medal of the humanities, and over fifty honorary doctorates. Now in his nineties, he may simply leisure on his laurels, however the luminous photos on show in Eyes with Winged Thoughts and the poems -- a few meditative and lyrical, a few uncooked with emotion in regards to the conflict in Iraq and the tragedy of the tsunami -- express that he's nonetheless a real American Renaissance man.

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