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Steidl/The Gordon Parks Foundation/The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

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Clth, 9.75 x 11.5 in. / 176 pgs / 5 color / 110 bw.

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Catalog: FALL 2019 p. 12   

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ISBN 9783958296190 TRADE
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Kansas City, MO
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 02/14/20–07/05/20

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I speak of a hero
with
Anger in his heart,

with
Fury in his fist

And terror in his sleep.

Who Muhammad Ali is
is what he is
And that is,

As he would say,
Exactly the way it is.


—Gordon Parks, from Moments Without Proper Names, 1975

  

STEIDL/THE GORDON PARKS FOUNDATION/THE NELSON-ATKINS MUSEUM OF ART

Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali

Edited by Peter W. Kunhardt, Jr., Paul Roth, April Watson. Foreword by Peter W. Kunhardt Jr., Julián Zugazagoitia. Introduction by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Text by Gerald Early, April Watson.

Featured spread is from 'Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali.'

With fantastic previously unseen images, this book represents a collaboration between two heroes of Black American culture

In 1966 Life magazine assigned famed photographer Gordon Parks to cover Muhammad Ali, the brash young boxing champion. Four years later in 1970, the two came together again for a second feature story in “The Great American Magazine.” These encounters framed a critical passage in the career of the controversial heavyweight, whose antiwar and black separatist views had led to widespread vilification in the United States. They also marked a significant moment of transition for Parks, then following up his remarkable success in photojournalism with new projects as an author, filmmaker and composer.

Collaborating on these two stories, Parks and Ali transcended their routine roles as journalist and athlete to make sense of an epoch and the American struggle against racial inequality, in which both were key players. Parks’ intimate perspective on Ali during this crucial period is indispensable to understanding the boxer called “the greatest of all time.” This book includes an expansive selection of photographs from Parks’ original reportage, many never before published, as well as reproductions of his original stories as they appeared in Life magazine.

Gordon Parks was born into poverty and segregation in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912. An itinerant laborer, he worked as a brothel pianist and railcar porter, among other jobs, before buying a camera at a pawnshop, training himself, and becoming a photographer. In addition to his storied tenures photographing for the Farm Security Administration (1941–45) and Life magazine (1948–72), Parks evolved into a modern-day Renaissance man, finding success as a film director, writer and composer. The first African American director to helm a major motion picture, he helped launch the blaxploitation genre with his film Shaft (1971). He wrote numerous memoirs, novels and books of poetry, and received many awards and more than 50 honorary degrees. Parks died in 2006.


Featured spread is from 'Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

Flatland

Clarence Dennis

The 55-plus smokey, black-and-white images of the icon should delight fans of photography and sports alike. But the collection goes even deeper, exposing a shared struggle between the fighter and photographer.

Guardian

Tim Adams

[Parks] wanted to reclaim the fighter as a true American hero, show Ali’s humanity at a time when the press was calling him a brash and “shameless traitor”... to express what he saw as the fighter’s inner peace and strength.

Coldtype

Tony Sutton

Parks and Ali transcended their routine roles as journalist and athlete to make sense of the struggle against racial inequality, in which both were key players. Parks’ intimate perspective on Ali during this crucial period is indispensable to understanding the boxer called “the greatest of all time.”

Cool Hunting

Editors

A compilation of both well-known and unpublished photos, ‘Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali,’ as the title simply implies, focuses on two instances where the incredible photojournalist (and author, director, and composer) profiled the prolific boxer. [...] Ali, in the throws of vilification across America for his polarizing views on war and race, appears more human in Parks’ pictures.

Galerie

Lucy Rees

These photographs transcend the roles of journalist and athlete, and instead spotlight the intimate struggle against racial inequality through the unlikely combination of two African American icons.

Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 6/8/2020

Power and Poetry: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Gordon Parks and Muhammad Ali

Power and Poetry: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Gordon Parks and Muhammad Ali

Featured image is from Gordon Parks: Muhammad Ali, the extraordinary new monograph from Steidl, the Gordon Parks Foundation and Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, featuring iconic and previously unpublished photographs from a 1966 Life magazine photo essay and more. "When Gordon Parks photographed and profiled Muhammad Ali for Life magazine in 1966, and then photographed him again in 1970, in some ways he might just as easily have been making self-portraits and writing about himself," fellow sports and civil rights hero Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes in his Introduction. "Both men were tenacious fighters. Both men bore the scars of lifelong racism. Both men were internationally acclaimed, yet both were more devoted to speaking out for social justice than seeking out personal success. And though both were celebrated for their nonverbal art—Ali's balletic boxing and Gordon's poignant photography—what truly bound them together was their powerful use of words, specifically poetry, to express their optimism for the promise of America—and frustration with the reality. And, more important, to inspire positive change." continue to blog


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