Schapiro Steve

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ABOUT

Steve Schapiro was born in New York in 1934. He discovered photography at the age of nine while vacationing at a summer camp. Inspired by the camera’s capabilities, Schapiro spent decades strolling the streets of New York trying to imitate the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson, who admired him. He soon began to study photography with the photojournalist W. Eugene Smith, who, like Bresson, had a tremendous influence on Shapiro. In 1961, Shapiro’s photographs began appearing in publications such as LIFE, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated, People, and Paris Match.

Schapiro joined many names that have gone down in history as representatives of humanistic photography. His interest in social subjects, his sensitive approach to models, is mostly the result of work under the hands of Smith. During the 1960s in America, often referred to as the «golden age of photojournalism,» his photographic series focused on Easter in Harlem, the Apollo Theater, Haight Ashbury, political protests, the drug problem, and the Robert Kennedy presidential campaign. With the same interest, he took pictures of both presidents and dogs. He owns portraits of such iconic figures as Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King, Robert Kennedy, Ray Charles, Jacqueline Kennedy, James Baldwin, Samuel Beckett, Barbara Streisand and Truman Capote. Especially famous was a series of works with new «American heroes» ─ Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol, a friend of Schapiro.

Steve Schapiro’s photographs have been published in numerous magazines and books on American culture in the 1960s. His work is in many private and public collections, notably the Smithsonian Museum, High Museum of Art, New York Metropolitan Museum and Getty Museum. Major retrospective exhibitions of the author were held in the USA, Spain, Russia and Germany.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2019
«David Bowie. The Person who fell from the sky», The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography, Moscow

2018
THE LOST MOMENT, Gallery of Photography Ireland, Dublin
Leading Ladies, Museum THE KENNEDYS, Berlin
Steve Schapiro. Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie, Illinois
Time is Now, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge
Steve Schapiro. I, Too, Am America, Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville
RESIST! THE 1960S PROTESTS, PHOTOGRAPHY AND VISUAL LEGACY, The Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels

2017
Steve Schapiro. Misericordia: Together We Celebrate, Loyola University Museum of Art, Chicago
Steve Schapiro. EYEWITNESS, Museum THE KENNEDYS, Berlin
A Fire That No Water Could Put Out: Civil Rights Photography, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgie

2016
The Kiss, The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography, Moscow
DECADES OF CHANGE, Museum THE KENNEDYS, Berlin

2015
Andy Warhol, Pompidou-Metz Museum, Paris, France
Andy Warhol, Museum Victoria, Melbourne, Australia
Retrospective, El Centro de Historias de Zaragoza Museum, Zaragoza, Spain

2013
«Living America», The Lumiere Brothers Centre for Photography, Moscow
Retrospective, Rostock Museum, Mecklenbourg-Vorpommern, Germany

2012
Fotografiska, Stockholm, Sweden

2008
Warhol Live, Musée De Beaux Arts, Montreal, Canada
The Greatest of All Time: Muhammad Ali, Hofstra University Museum, New York, USA
The Road To Freedom (touring exhibition), High Museum of Art, Atlanta, USA

1969
Harlem On My Mind, Metropolitan Museum, New York, USA