Nicholas Metivier Gallery


1912 Born November 30, Fort Scott, Kansas
1927 Leaves home when his mother dies. Moves to Minneapolis. Supports himself by working as a piano player, busboy, basketball player and Civilian Conservation Corpsman.
1937 At the age of 25, starts to seriously consider photography as a career.
1938 Works as a waiter on the North Coast Limited, transatlantic train. Discovers the photographers from the Farm Securities Administration in a magazine left on the train. Buys his first camera, a Voightlander Brilliant at a Seattle pawnshop.
1940 Approaches Frank Murphy's women's clothing store in Saint Paul, Minnesota to let him try his hand at fashion photographs.
1941 Wins the first Julius Rosenwald Fellowship awarded to a photographer.
1942 Roy Stryker invites him to serve out his fellowship at the FSA. in Washington, D.C. Joins the FSA and moves his family to Washington, D.C. Photographs riots in Harlem.
194 The FSA dissolves. Moves with Roy Stryker to the Office of War Information. Assigned to the 32nd Fighter Group, the first African American air corps, as a war correspondent. Moves again with Roy Stryker to the Standard Oil (New Jersey) Photography Project.
1944 Returns to New York. Edward Steichen sends him to Alexander Liberman at Vogue magazine. His photographs appear in Vogue for the next five years.
1948-1961 Staff photographer for LIFE, New York. Assignments include the gangs of Harlem; militant Blacks; "Flavio," a Brazilian child; Winston Churchill; and South America.
1949 Travels to Paris to cover the French collections for Life. Photographs the Bergman-Rossellini affair on Stromboli island.
1950 Moves to Paris as an European correspondent for Life.
1961 Writes and directs first documentary film, Flavio.
1962-1971 Freelance photographer and film director. He is referred to as "the poet and his camera."
1970-1973 Director of the editorial office of Essence magazine, New York.
1998 Donates 227 of his photographs to the Corcoran Gallery of Art.


2002 The International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum, Oklahoma City
2001 Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, Ohio
1998 Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
1997 Retrospective. Corcoran Gallery, Washington, D.C. Exhibition travels to Minnesota Museum of Art (1998), Museum of the City of New York (1988), Detroit Institute of Arts (1999), Norton Museum of Art (1999), Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University (2000), New Orleans Museum of Art (2000), California African American Museum (2000), Cincinnati Art Museum (2001), Chicago Historical Society (2001)
1995 School of New Resources, Bronx, New York
1994 Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York
1997 Half Past Autumn: A Retrospective. Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.,
2012 Gordon Parks: At 100. Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Contact: Gordon Parks, Ralph Ellison, and “Invisible Man.” Howard Greenberg Gallery, New York, New York
Gordon Parks: A Harlem Family 1967. The Harlem Studio Museum, New York, New York
Gordon Parks: The Segregation Portfolio. Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, Georgia
2013 Gordon Parks: Centennial. Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, California
GORDON PARKS: An American Lens. Adamson Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Una Storia Americana. FORMA, Milan, Italy
Une Histoire Américaine. Magasin Électrique, Arles, France
Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument. NOMA, New Orleans, Louisiana
2014 A Living Legacy. Mill City Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota
Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, Canada
Black Artists in Dialogue (BAND) Gallery , Toronto, Canada


2003 Only Skin Deep - Changing Visions of the American Self. International Center of Photography, New York
2002 Made in USA: American Photography from 1908 to 1947. Musée Fabre, Montpellier, France; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, France
2002 Invisible No More. Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona, Florida
America the Beautiful. Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe
2001 303 Gallery, New York
2000 Visualizing the Blues: Images of the American South. Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Louisiana
2012 The Hard Kind of Courage: Gordon Parks and the Photographers of the Civil Rights Era. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, Kansas


1942 Julius Rosenthal Award for Photography, Chicago, Illinois
1960 "Photographer of the Year," American Society of Magazine Photographers, New York
1962 Frederic W. Brehm Prize
1963 School of Journalism, Syracuse University, New York Prize
1964 National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood Prize
1964 Award of Museum of Art, Philadelphia
1964 Art Directors Club of New York Prize
1966,1968 Award of Excellence, CA Magazine, New York, New York
1966 Certificate of Recognition for Photography, Music and Literature, The Harold Jackson Memorial Committee, New York
1969 Award of Excellence for Black and White/Two Color Photography, Society of Publication Designers, New York
1970 Achievement Award, The Foundation for Research and Education, New York
1970 Doctor of Letters, Kansas State University
1970 Carr van Anda Journalism Award of Ohio University
1972 The Spingarn Medal, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
1977 Certificate of Commendation, The Senate, California Legislature
1978 Christopher Award for Best Biography, "Flavio."
1980 Guild for High Achievement, The National Urban League, New York
1984 NAACP Hall of Fame Award
1985 American Society of Magazine Photographers Award


1947 Flash Photography. New York: Grosset and Dunlap
1948 Camera Portraits: Techniques and Principles of Documentary Portraiture. New York: F. Watts
1963 The Learning Tree. New York: Harper Row
1966 A Choice of Weapons. New York: Harper and Row
1968 Gordon Parks: A Poet and His Camera. New York: Viking Press
1971 Born Black. Philadelphia: Lippincott
1971 Gordon Parks: In Love. Philadelphia: Lippincott
1971 Gordon Parks: Whispers of Intimate Things. New York: Viking Press
1975 Moments Without Proper Names. New York: Viking Press
1978 Flavio. New York: W.W. Norton
1979 To Smile in Autumn. New York: W.W. Norton
1981 Shannon. Boston: Little, Brown
1990 Voices in the Mirror: An Autobiography. New York: Doubleday
1994 Arias in Silence. Boston: Bulfinch Press
1996 Glimpses Toward Infinity. Boston: Little, Brown


1964 Flavio
1968 Diary of a Harlem Family
1968 The World of Piri Thomas
1969 The Learning Tree
1971 Shaft
1972 Shaft's Big Score
1974 The Super Cops
1976 Leadbelly
1984 Solomon Northup's Odyssey
1987 Moments Without Proper Names
1989 Martin


1970 The Photograph as a Permanent Color Print. Exhibition catalogue. New York: New York Cultural Center/Feirleigh Dickinson University
1979 Eye Music: New Images by Gordon Parks. Exhibition catalogue. New York: Rosenberg Gallery
1981 Gordon Parks: Photographs at Large. Exhibition catalogue. Miami: Wolfson Gallery, Miami Dade Community College
1983 The Gordon Parks Collection: Kansas State University. Collection catalogue. By Charles Stroh. Manhattan, Kans.: Kansas State University Department of Art
1983 The Photographs of Gordon Parks. Exhibition catalogue. By Martin H. Bush. Wichita, Kans.: Wichita State University Press
1983 Roy Stryker: U.S.A., 1943-1950, The Standard Oil (New Jersey) Photography Project. Exhibition catalogue. By Steven W. Plattner. International Center of Photography, New York. Austin: University of Texas Press
1989 40 Jahre Fotografie. Exhibition catalogue. By Thomas Buchsteiner and Karl Steinorth. Tubingen: Kodak Aktiengesellschaft in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Deutsch-Amerikanischen Institut Tubingen
1997 Gordon Parks: Half Past Autumn. Exhibition catalogue. Essay by Philip Brookman. The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. Boston, New York, Toronto, London: Bulfinch Press, Little, Brown and Company


Birmingham Museum of Art, Alabama
International Center of Photography, New York
Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
Library of Congress, Washington, District of Columbia
New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, New Jersey
Photographic Archives, Louisville University, Louisville, Kentucky
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Morgan State University Gallery of Art, Baltimore, Maryland
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Edwin A. Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita State University, Wichita, Kansas
Ms. Gloria Vanderbilt, New York
The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.