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Gordon Parks
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    (November 30, 1912-March 7, 2006)
    Died in New York
    Photographer for Life Magazine (1948-1968)
    Director of 'The Learning Tree (1969),' 'Shaft (1971),' 'Shaft's Big Score! (1972),' 'The Super Cops (1974)' and 'Leadbelly (1976)'
    Subject of the documentary 'Half Past Autumn (2000)'
    Inducted into the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum (2002)
    Died at 93
    He was the youngest of 15 children.
    He had 2 middle names.
    He was thrice divorced.
    He played piano in a Minnesota brothel.
    His film 'Shaft' helped initiate the blaxploitation genre of the 1970s.
    In the 1940s, he was hired by Life Magazine when the rival Hearst Organization refused to give a photography job to a black man.
    He was best known for his photo essays covering the American civil rights movement and worldwide poverty.
    His son, 'Superfly' director Gordon Parks, Jr., was killed in a plane crash in 1979.
    'The Learning Tree' was one of the first 25 films placed on the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress in 1989.
    He was also a poet, activist, musician, and composer.

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