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Ann Dean, Speaker

Artist and freelance photographer. Photography teacher at the Lawrence Arts Center

Learning from Gordon Parks

African American author, photographer, and filmmaker Gordon Parks was well known for his documentation of American life and culture. Born in Fort Scott, Kansas, in 1912, he is one of the most esteemed image makers of all time. In this presentation, photographer Ann Dean discusses the impact and inspiration found in Parks’s books: The Learning Tree, A Choice of Weapons, and Half Past Autumn. These books help illustrate Parks’s mother’s teachings centered in love, dignity, and hard work, and provide a starting point to talk about his struggles, choices, and triumphs – all great life lessons for those searching to find their way in this complicated world. 

Contact Ann directly about speaking at your event: 
anndean@sunflower.com
Lawrence 

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