The eminent photographer, composer, filmmaker, and writer reflects on his personal life and professional achievements, describing his disadvantaged childhood, his Depression-era years, and the prestigious awards he has received.
Gordon Parks's retrospective book of art photography,
Half Past Autumn, published in 1997, coincided with an exhibition organized by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., which traveled in the United States from that year until 2003, and an HBO documentary that aired on November 30, 2000. He has authored numerous books of art, fiction, memoir (including
A Star for Noon), photographs, and a CD of his music (2000). He published
The Learning Tree, a novel, in 1963, and three previous autobiographies,
A Choice of Weapons, To Smile in Autumn, and
Voices in the Mirror. He died in March 2006 at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.