Karla Peterson: Pioneering Black photographer Gordon Parks gets his due in a powerful new HBO documentary

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The San Diego Union-Tribune

Gordon Parks was the first Black photographer hired by Life magazine. He was a pioneering photojournalist, a film director (“Shaft,” “The Learning Tree”), a bestselling novelist and a composer. Parks was also a fighter. Whether he was photographing socialites, gangsters, civil rights icons or movie stars, Parks used his art as a megaphone, pulpit, magnifying glass and spotlight, all in an ongoing battle against the prejudices and snap judgments that stand between us and the truth. Parks the fighter is the focus of “A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks,” a new documentary that debuted …

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