SOC to Honor Gordon Parks Foundation

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Wed, 02/15/2023 - 11:31 -- Nick Dager

The Society of Camera Operators has announced that the Gordon Parks Foundation will be honored and recognized during its annual lifetime achievements award ceremonies at the Loews Hollywood Hotel on February 25. The Gordon Parks Foundation is celebrated for its work in supporting and producing artistic and educational initiatives that advance the legacy and vision of Gordon Parks for social justice.

Photograph courtesy of and copyright the Gordon Parks Foundation.At the end of last year, the SOC’s board of governors presented The Gordon Parks Foundation with an honorary membership. The honor was bestowed by Nikk Hearn-Sutton, SOC, co-chair inclusion committee and board of governor’s member. 

“Mr. Parks’ work, and leadership has inspired [me and] many others in our industry,” Hearn-Sutton said. “He is a trailblazer in his own right, and someone I would call a cultural icon.”

Gordon Parks, one of the greatest photographers of the twentieth century, was a humanitarian with a deep commitment to social justice. He left behind an exceptional body of work that documents American life and culture from the early 1940’s into the 2000’s, with a focus on race relations, poverty, civil rights, and urban life. Parks was also a distinguished composer, author, and filmmaker who interacted with many of the leading people of his era—from politicians and artists to athletes and other celebrities. 

A black-tie affair, the awards ceremony will also celebrate the nominees and recipients of the Technical Achievement Award and Society of Camera Operators Lifetime Achievement Awards for Camera Operator, Camera Technician, Live and Non-Scripted, Still Photographer, Mobile Camera Platform Operator, Governors, and President’s award.

During the month of February, in honor of Black History Month, the SOC plans to amplify the voices, stories, and careers of black camera operators within the community.