The Gordon Parks Foundation Award is given for the support and promotion of creativity in the fields of visual art, film, literature and the performing arts. Those who receive the award are honoured for having enriched our lives in ways that reflect Parks' ideas and goals.
Past honorees include, Kasseem ‘Swizz Beatz' Dean, Robert de Niro and Grace Hightower de Niro, Karl Lagerfeld, Spike Lee, Annie Liebovitz, Alicia Keys, Vera Wang, Bruce Weber, and Carrie Mae Weems.
Gordon Parks (1912-2006) was an American photographer, musician, writer and pioneering film director who played a significant role in American documentary photojournalism from 1940 to 1970. Parks was the first African American to produce and direct major motion pictures, creating films that focussed on slavery and the struggles of African Americans in mid-century America. Parks is best known for his photographic work documenting issues of poverty and civil rights, including photoessays for Life magazine and a significant body of work with the FSA (Farm Security Administration) 1941-1946.
Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction