In his autobiography, Gordon Parks indicates that he did not study photography formally. He spent time getting to know and earning the trust of the people he photographed. He also spent time studying traditional composition in museums. This served him well on future assignments.
I could not put the book down. His descriptions of poverty and racial injustice are searing. To my thinking, he was a creative genius, very nice and brave.
When I get discouraged about the political climate today, just thinking about this American hero brings me joy and fortitude.