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Partnering with Critical Exposure allowed us to further develop the creative skills of the students and utilize those skills to provide greater context to the issues.
The Gordon Parks Society is Critical Exposure’s way to honor the spirit of Parks’ work, while recognizing the key role our dedicated donors play in continuing his legacy.
Gordon Parks was best known as a photojournalist. He first came to prominence as a social documentarian for his stark portrayal of poverty and race as Life magazine's first black photographer, and for his pictures documenting America’s civil rights movement.
”I picked up a camera because it was my choice of weapons against what I hated most about the universe: racism, intolerance, poverty. I could have just as easily picked up a knife or a gun, like many of my childhood friends did... most of whom were murdered or put in prison... but I chose not to go that way. I felt that I could somehow subdue these evils by doing something beautiful that people recognize me by, and thus make a whole different life for myself, which has proved to be so." – Gordon Parks
Critical Exposure seeks to provide this same opportunity to underserved youth – to enable them to use the camera as a weapon against inequality in public education and social injustice. The support of Gordon Parks Society members have made that opportunity possible for hundreds of students.
You can join the Gordon Parks Society with an annual gift of $1,000 or through a monthly donation of $84. By joining, you make it possible for a high school student to participate in our advanced, year-long Fellowship Program. You'll find the inspiring story of one of our Fellows, Samera, here.
Benefits include a framed student photo, our annual photobook, recognition on our website, invitations to special events, and more!
We'd like to thank the Founding Members of the Gordon Parks Society, whose dedication, generosity, and belief in the potential and power of our students makes our work possible.Members of the Gordon Parks Society:
Mozella Perry Ademiluyi David & Margaret Balamuth Meredith C. Bailey* Keith Bickel* Jennifer Brown Elizabeth Braganza* Geoff & Jodi Chesman Jack & Barbara Clarke* Ryan & Marcy Compton* Janice Cori* Diane & Lowell Dodge* Betty Feng* Matthew & Julie Fletcher Michael Fine & Benjamin Kanoy* Chris Gattuso Suzanne Greenfield Halperin Family* Jeff Hamond & Mauri Ziff* Saul Hamond* John and Layla Heimlich* John Kern & Heather McDonald* Michael Lainoff* Mark Levner & Lynn Paige* Justin Oliver* Stacy Olkowski & Brian Lauer* Aimee Peoples Garrett & Kristiana Rieman* Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundation* Leslie & John Silverstein* Jeffrey Schwartz
* Indicates founding member
Please contact Adam Levner for more information.