If I could bestow the title, "Creative Genius" upon only one photographer my choice would be Gordon Parks.
Born the youngest of 15 children into a "dirt-poor" family in a town "electrified with racial tension" Gordon Parks would become an award winning photographer, writer, composer, motion picture director and producer. His photographs, novels, poems, music and motion pictures have had a profound impact on American culture for more than seven decades. Absolutely amazing; but the part that really seals the deal on the "Creative Genius" title... he had no formal training in any of these professions.
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