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Gordon Parks, 1912-2006

The renowned photographer, filmmaker, and author was as self-made as self-made men get

A doctor plunged born-dead Parks into ice water, jump starting his heart and giving him a fully operational third eye.
photo: Gary Palmer/Captured Images Photography
A doctor plunged born-dead Parks into ice water, jump starting his heart and giving him a fully operational third eye.

No one who knows all this about Parks would be surprised to find that even in his late eighties he was experimenting with computer-generated imagery and finishing his last book, the just published A Hungry Heart. The comedian Franklyn Ajaye has a routine that ends, "They don't make 'em like that anymore. They never did.'' When they come as self-made as Parks, that tells the tale.

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