photographed by Toni Parks, 1990
There are two images by Gordon Parks that I will never forget: "The Brooklyn Bridge," published in Coronet magazine, and "The Leopard," published in Show magazine. In the late Fifties and early Sixties, color photography had many rules. "The Brooklyn Bridge" was a beautiful spectrum of induced and supercharged color. "The Leopard" was out of focus, blurry, underexposed and very blue. Who was this person doing these graphic things with color and breaking all the rules? When I saw these images, I felt a kindred spirit as he reinforced my feelings about color photography. Little did I know then what a wonderful artist, poet, musician, writer and director Gordon Parks was.