Seeing The Big Picture, And Showing It To The Rest Of Us

Gordon Parks, the photographer and filmmaker who died last week at 93, was a master at finding the inherent truth in any situation, and his photographs told stories far bigger than the events they captured. “In the end this could be the true source of Gordon Parks’ great appeal — his ability to find the universal significance in one person’s story, whether that of a boy in the barrios of Rio de Janeiro, or a gang leader from Harlem, and put that story in a form that the relentlessly mainstream middle class readers of Life could see and understand.”