After a two-year Covid hiatus, The Gordon Parks Foundation Awards Dinner and Auction returned to Cipriani 42nd Street where 500 people raised their glasses to honor the great Life Magazine photographer. They also raised their paddles during an auction of Parks’s framed photographs. The evening netted 2.2 million dollars.
The honorees were Darren Walker, Laurene Powell-Jobs, Tora and Spike Lee, and Mark Bradford.
Among the presenters and celebrants were Wynton Marsalis, Anderson Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Charles Blow.
Leslie Parks Bailey, Gordon’s youngest daughter, announced the three 2022 Fellowship Recipients. Peter Kunhardt Jr., the Foundation’s Executive Directormade it all happen.
The evening also honored Cora Taylor who appeared in a 1956 Gordon Parks photograph — At Segregated Drinking Fountain, Mobile, Alabama.