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Voices in the Mirror: An Autobiography

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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 it was amazing  ·  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
Feb 28, 2012 Christine CC rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 it was amazing  ·  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.
Robert Jersak
Jan 27, 2016 Robert Jersak rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overlapping a bit from A Choice of Weapons, and continuing the story into his old age, Voices in the Mirror is the further adventures of one of America's great artists, Gordon Parks. In this volume, Parks' work as a Life photographer brings him into direct contact with the most important faces of the age, becoming a confidant of civil rights leaders and a journalist of world celebrities. Again, Parks weaves tales of amazing courage and compassion for his subjects, all while establishing a deep s ...more
Digi Munoz
Nov 21, 2011 Digi Munoz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. The best biography that I have yet to read. Clearly a man who excelled in multiple fields.

A very addictive read.
Frances
Dec 20, 2015 Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Going to pass this along to my friend Jerry Jones a great photographer in his own right! Hope you enjoy!
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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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