Carole Boston Weatherford‘s children’s book, Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America, is wonderfully illustrated by Jamey Christoph. The book tells the story of the famed photographer who was the first African American to work for Vogue and Life magazines, and who used his camera to tell the plight of the African American community. Published by Albert Whitman & Company, Gordon Parks received a starred review from Kirkus! In part, their review follows:
“Christoph’s digitally rendered illustrations brilliantly present Parks’ world through strong linear images and montages of his photographs. One double-page spread hauntingly portrays run-down buildings with the Capitol Dome hovering in the distance.
Parks’ photography gave a powerful and memorable face to racism in America; this book gives him to young readers.“
If that wasn’t already such high praise for Jamey’s work, one of the spreads in the book was also named a winner in the March/April issue of Communication Arts. Way to go, Jamey. Such an achievement on so many levels.
Below are several more spreads from the book.