Gordon Parks was an accomplished writer of memoirs, poetry, novels, and plays. In addition, some of Parks’ earliest published works include two books on photography techniques, published on the cusp of Parks’ career at Life magazine. After establishing himself as a photographer of note, Parks wrote his first of several novels, The Learning Tree (1963), a semi-autobiographical account of a black boy growing up in segregated Kansas that would later be adapted for film. Some of the earliest publications that include images Parks made for Life were collections of Parks' poetry with Parks' accompanying images, such as Gordon Parks: A Poet and His Camera (1968). The books Glimpses Towards Infinity and Arias In Silence showcase Parks’ later abstract photographic work, which were a far departure from his photodocumentary style he’s best known for.   Parks continued to author works throughout his life, spending several of his last years researching the life of the English Romanticist painter Joseph Mallord William Turner whom his final novel, The Sun Stalker, a work of historical fiction, is based upon. 

Publications

Flash Photography. New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1947

Camera Portraits: Techniques and Principles of Documentary Portraiture. New York: Franklin Watts, 1948

The Learning Tree. New York: Harper & Row, 1963

A Choice of Weapons. New York: Harper & Row, 1966

Gordon Parks: A Poet and His Camera. New York: Viking, 1968

Born Black. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1971

Gordon Parks: In Love. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1971

Gordon Parks: Whispers of Intimate Things. New York: Viking, 1971

Moments Without Proper Names. New York: Viking, 1975

Flavio. New York: W.W. Norton, 1978

To Smile in Autumn. New York: W.W. Norton, 1979

Shannon. Boston: Little, Brown, 1981

Voices in the Mirror. New York: Doubleday, 1990

Arias of Silence. Boston: Bulfinch, 1994

Glimpses Toward Infinity. Boston: Little Brown, 1996

Half Past Autumn. Boston: Bulfinch, 1997

A Star for Noon: An Homage to Women in Images, Poetry, and Music. Boston: Bulfinch, 2000

The Sun Stalker. New York: Ruder Finn, 2003

Eyes with Winged Thoughts. New York: Atria, 2005

A Hungry Heart. New York: Washington Square, 2005