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Voices in the Mirror: An Autobiography

4.31 of 5 stars 4.31  ·  rating details  ·  55 ratings  ·  5 reviews
PAlone after his mother#8217;s death, homeless in a Minnesota winter, young Gordon struggled to stay in school, working at menial jobs and riding streetcars all night to escape the cold. Refusing to succumb to despair, he instead transformed his anger at poverty and racism into a creative force and went on to break down one barrier after another. He was the first black pho ...more
Paperback, 351 pages
Published December 1st 1991 by Doubleday (first published 1990)
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mina
Oct 09, 2007 mina rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
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boo hoo, i finished the book today. thankfully, i just saw online that he has another memoir written after this one. it's amazing how honest he was in this book, discussing such topics as how he never got over the violence and racism of his youth (which became the impetus of his drive to succeed), his three marriages, his extremely successful career, his art, his views on society, and the numerous people he met along the journey of his life. he is a true renaissance man and never even finished h ...more
Christine CC
A must read for anyone who has ever had an excuse for why they 'couldn't' do something in their lives. Gordon was a visionary, a creative and deep soul, a gifted artist and a complex and tortured human being. His work stands alone and speaks for itself; from the slums in Rio to the runways of Paris - his art is as complicated as the man himself.
Roniq
Feb 23, 2010 Roniq rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: photographers, artists, anyone interested in black culture or biographies
An Autobiograpy of one of my favorite photographers and one of the most inspiring men I've ever read about. Born one of 13 children, homeless as a youth, self taught photographer(after finding a camera left on a train). First black photographer at Life and Vogue Magazine, Director of the film Shaft, composer etc....... Sadly Gordon Parks passed away in the last few years at the age of upper 90s still creating art. I would have loved to have met him.
Diego Munoz
Excellent read. The best biography that I have yet to read. Clearly a man who excelled in multiple fields.

A very addictive read.
Patricia Cluthe
This was a compelling book to read-
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Was a groundbreaking American photographer, musician, poet, novelist, journalist, activist and film director. He is best remembered for his photo essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film Shaft.[2]

Parks also performed as a jazz pianist. His first job was as a piano player in a brothel.[9] His song "No Love," composed in another brothel, was performed over a national radio broad
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