Acclaimed photographer, filmmaker, composer, novelist, and memoirist, Gordon Parks has participated in, been witness to, and documented many of the major events in the twentieth and the twenty-first centuries.
In A Hungry Heart, Parks reflects on the people and events that shaped him: from growing up poor on the Kansas prairie to crisscrossing the country on the North Coast Limited; documenting poverty and injustice in Chicago to doing fashion spreads for Vogue; photographing black revolutionaries to writing, composing the soundtrack for, and directing the Hollywood movie version of his novel The Learning Tree. More than a self-portrait of the artist, A Hungry Heart is a striking account of an American era.
Gordon Parks's retrospective book of art photography, Half Past Autumn, published in 1997, coincided with an exhibition organized by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C., which traveled in the United States from that year until 2003, and an HBO documentary that aired on November 30, 2000. He has authored numerous books of art, fiction, memoir (including A Star for Noon), photographs, and a CD of his music (2000). He published The Learning Tree, a novel, in 1963, and three previous autobiographies, A Choice of Weapons, To Smile in Autumn, and Voices in the Mirror. He died in March 2006 at his home in Manhattan. He was 93.
"No one has done more to frame the true landscape of black America than Gordon Parks." -- American Legacy magazine
"Every page of A Hungry Heart is a feast and only makes you want to learn more from this...renaissance man." -- Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe
"[N]ow and in the future [we] will thank [Parks] for leaving this account, which may help us all unravel and put in perspective many aspects of coming present tenses." -- Ruby Dee
"Parks is one of my real heroes, a role model of strength and conviction. These qualities unfold through the chapters of his life stories.... Essential reading." -- Archie Givens Jr., The Givens Foundation for African American Literature
"A testimony to Parks's wit, sensitivities and vast armory of talents." -- The New York Times Book Review