Book Cover Image of Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
by , Illustrated by Jamey Christoph

    Publication Date: Jan 01, 2023
    List Price: $8.99
    Format: Paperback, 32 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Picture Book
    ISBN13: 9780807530153
    Imprint: Albert Whitman & Company
    Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
    Parent Company: Albert Whitman & Company

    Paperback Description:

    The Society of Illustrators Original Art Exhibit 2015
    2015 NAACP Image Award—Outstanding Literary Work, Children
    New York Public Library’s 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
    Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2016—CBC/NCSS

    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

    This is a promising vehicle for introducing young children to the power of photography as an agent for social change, and it may make them aware of contemporary victims of injustice in need of an advocate with a camera.—The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

    The story of a self-taught photographer who used his camera to take a stand against racism in America.

    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.