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A Choice of Weapons
Title | A Choice of Weapons
Author | Gordon Parks
Type | Book
Rating | 10
Notes | This is the compelling autobiography of the award-winning photographer and artist who was only sixteen when he moved from Kansas to Minnesota in 1928.
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Neil Brake Photographer
Nashville | TN | USA
Comments | [12/28/04] A great book about the story of Gordon Parks. You talk about somebody who overcame obsticales in life. I got this book for Christmas and read it in three days. I could not put it down and I am no big reader of books. For anybody wanting a great read about what made a true photographer this is a must read.
Rating | 10

Danny Moloshok Photographer / Student/Intern
Ann Arbor | MI | USA
Comments | [03/07/03] Hey everyone. Gordon Park's story is amazing and I used themes from this book while I was writing a term paper on Gordon Parks in Winter 2002. If anyone is interested in reading my paper you can find it at I talk about Park's photographs and how photography was his choice of weapons. Let me know what you think...
Rating | 10

Dianna Russell Student/Intern / Photographer
Springfield | MO | USA
Comments | [01/08/03] I talked with Gordon Parks after he spoke at Southwest Missouri State in November 2000. He is not only inspiring and encouraging but is tenacious to say the least. He has truly done it all from his Life magazine photography, films (Shaft, and others), poetry, composed classical works and symphony concertos. He is amazing. He told some sad as well as wonderful stories about his life. I love his story about how he came to photograph “fashions.” He just decided that was what he wanted to do and showed up at a store (without ever having the experience) and told them that was what he wanted to do. He didn’t even have the equipment and the night before had a friend who owned a camera store help him get what he needed together. He used a large format camera and ended up double exposing all but one. He made a large print of that one and ended up getting more work. One of the things he kept telling everyone was to never, ever give up on your dreams.
Rating | 10

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