Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

About the Author

Carole Boston Weatherford is the author of several acclaimed poetry collections and poetic biographies. She teaches at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

Jamey Christoph's illustrations have appeared in a variety of major publications and in several award-winning children's books. He lives in Maryland with his dogs.

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

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Carole Boston Weatherford; Illustrated by Jamey Christoph

His white teacher tells her all-black class, "You’ll all wind up porters and waiters." What did she know? Gordon Parks is most famous for being the first black director in Hollywood. But before he made movies and wrote books, he was a poor African American looking for work. When he bought a camera, his life changed forever. He taught himself how to take pictures and before long, people noticed. His success as a fashion photographer landed him a job working for the government. In Washington, DC, Gordon went looking for a subject, but what he found was segregation. He and others were treated differently because of the color of their skin. Gordon wanted to take a stand against the racism he observed. With his camera in hand, he found a way. Told through lyrical verse and atmospheric art, this is the story of how, with a single photograph, a self-taught artist got America to take notice.

  • Hardcover
  • 8 x 10 inches
  • 32 pages
  • Published: 2015
  • Recommended for ages 4–8

Editorial Reviews

"Christoph’s spreads echo the pared narrative with a muted palette and modest styling, but their impact is powerful." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Weatherford writes in the present tense with intensity, carefully choosing words that concisely evoke the man. Parks’ photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers." —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Created with a certain elegance of line, Christoph’s artwork includes many haunting, beautifully composed scenes." —Booklist

"This effective overview is a solid addition for those looking to beef up their biography collections." —School Library Journal, starred review

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