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Half Past Autumn

4.67  ·  Rating details ·  110 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Rarely has a photography exhibition and accompanying book received the acclaim that Half Past Autumn, Gordon Parks's retrospective show, did when it opened in the fall of 1997 at Washington, D.C.'s Corcoran Gallery of Art. Photographer, filmmaker, novelist, poet, and composer, Gordon Parks is one of the most inspiring success stories of our time. Now in a trade paperback e ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Bulfinch Press (first published October 1st 1997)
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Eriq Salle
Dec 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is truly an amazing book about an amazing man. One of the most underrated, multi-talented figures of our lifetime. Gordon Parks was an amazing photographer, poet, film director, composer, human rights champion and so much more. Half Past Autumn beautifully captures the scope of this incredible man and groundbreaking contributions he has made. Both the photos and text are exceptional. I highly recommend.
Cindy
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stunning and inspirational! Gordon Parks is an impressive human being in every respect. Words fail me...
Marci
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Compelling images and snippets of his life story. Gordon Parks was an extraordinary man.
Robyn
May 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazingly rich and heavy tome, containing a multitude of photos and an essay by Philip Brookman. Also included here are Gordon's stories behind the photos, as well as some of his poetry and more recent work. The stories collected during his time photographing Flavio in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro (Life magazine, 1961) are truly heartrending.

Parks is a great writer, and has published a few autobiographies which impart further insight into his varied career. Our arts book club recently read C
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Megan Henderson-Redding
Aug 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing
The true definition of a renaissance man. Aside from God he probably was second in his understanding of light and shadow. His interests, his pursuits they can humble most anyone. I not only read this book but saw the exhibit and the documentary. I don't think that any better photographer ever existed.
Terry
Aug 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I saw Original Photos from this book at his show about 4 years back at the Cleveland Museum of Art. He is a master of being at the wrong place at the right time. His photographs look inside situations, persecution, and wars like he is a fearless warrior. Ready to observe but in the heat of the battle. Ready to risk everything to gain a photograph.
Troy
Good lord, this is rough to look at. Gordon Parks has been everywhere, a true Renaissance man, but these chronicles grab you and don't let you go. Haunting and real, Parks tries to be "objective journalist", but how can you stay that way amidst the squalor and suffering?
Leba
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fabulous artist way ahead of his time.
Jay
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A great retrospective of an American Master!
Mom
Aug 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I knew his son. he was a great photographer also
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Gordon Parks 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.

Parks is remembered for his activism, filmmaking, photography, and writings. He was the first African-American to work at Life magazine, and the first to write, direct, and
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