The Gordon Parks Foundation 10th Anniversary Awards by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino
The Gordon Parks Foundation 10th Anniversary Awards Dinner and Auction, Cipriani 42nd Street, New York, Tuesday, May 24, 2016.
Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys. Photography by Lisa Pacino.
Alicia Keys, Kasseem “Swizz Beatz” Dean, Karl Lagerfeld, Usher IV, Grace Raymond, Alexander Soros, and Nejma & Peter Beard will co-chair the event. The awards dinner will honor Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Janelle Monáe, and Bryan Stevenson. Leonard Lauder and Judy Glickman Lauder will be presented with the Patron of the Arts Award. Special guests will include former Black Panther Kathleen Cleaver and a special musical performance by Jon Batiste and Stay Human.
Gordon Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006), born into rural poverty, was a noted African-American photographer, musician, writer and film director, who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through 1970s—particularly in issues of civil rights, poverty and African-Americans—and in glamour photography. As the first famous pioneer among black filmmakers, he was first African-American to produce and direct major motion pictures—developing films relating the experience of slaves and struggling black Americans, and creating the “blaxploitation” genre. He is best remembered for his iconic photos of poor Americans during the 1940s (taken for a federal government project), for his photographic essays for Life magazine, and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft. Parks also was an author, poet and composer.
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