Presentation by Deborah Willis: "A Hungry Heart: Gordon Parks"
A conversation and slide presentation by Deborah Willis on the work of iconic photographer Gordon Parks; a reception will follow. Free and open to the public. In 1942 Gordon Parks joined the Library of Congress¿s Farm Security Administration as the first [Julius] Rosenwald Fellow in photography and in 1948, became the first African American to work as a staff photographer for Life magazine. In his twenty years at the influential publication, he sought to challenge stereotypes while still appealing to a larger audience, producing photo essays on a broad range of topics before embarking on his successful career as a film director ("The Learning Tree" and "Shaft," among others).Deborah Willis chairs the department of photography and imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University; she is a noted art photographer and leading historian of African American photography. Willis is a contributor to a five-book series to be published this fall: "Collected Works: Gordon Parks".