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19th Annual Gordon Parks Celebration
19th Annual Gordon Parks Celebration

Adger Cowans and William C. Rhoden will be the recipients of the “Gordon Parks Choice of Weapons Award” at the annual celebration October 6th -8th, 2022 in Fort Scott, Kansas. The celebration is in honor of Fort Scott native Gordon Parks, noted photographer, writer, musician, and filmmaker.

‘Start from the heart’: Black photographer Adger Cowans, life and times
‘Start from the heart’: Black photographer Adger Cowans, life and times

“I don’t photograph anything that doesn’t move me. Whatever you are translates to your photos, therefore start from the heart." - Adger Cowans

By Eric. A. Gordon

Over the past 85 years, Adger Cowans has not only born witness to history — he has helped shape it. The first Black photographer admitted into the International Photographers and Motion Picture Union, Local 600, in 1969, Cowans was the on-set photographer for landmark films including Claudine, Eyes of Laura Mars, Gloria, Dirty Dancing, Boomerang, and Juice.

Deborah Willis, PhD joins photographer Adger Cowans to discuss the artist’s work, in a conversation moderated by Halima Taha, curator of Adger Cowans: Sense and Sensibility at the Fairfield University Art Museum.

Adger Cowans, who helped found the Kamoinge Workshop, reflects on his mentor and legendary photographer Gordon Parks, and imbuing his art with feeling.

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