Yesterday, Gordon Parks died. You may not recognize the name, but his works have spread around the world. Born Gordon Roger Alexander Buchannan Parks in 1917, the youngest of 15 children, he first began his incredible career as a photographer at the age of 25, using a camera bought from a pawn shop. He worked for the magazine Life and spent many years cultivating his unique style of telling a story through pictures documenting a single person's life. The first black photographer to work for the magazine, his career was not stymied by the attitudes of the times, instead it grew out of it. He told the stories that needed to be told, in the medium he knew best. Other memorable works include his 9 movies as hollywood's first major black director, among them was the 1971 classic "Shaft". Parks was also a self taught pianist and a reknowned composer. He was also a powerful Author and poet.
It's hard not to find the lives of people like this kinda inspiring, neh?
More Information available at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon_Parks.