Steve Schapiro

(born 1934)

Steve Shapiro was born in New York in 1934. He discovered a photograph at the age of nine, when he was resting in a summer camp. Inspired by the capabilities of the camera, Shapiro spent more than one decade walking on the streets of New York and trying to imitate the works of Henri Cartier-Bresson, because he was a big fan of his works. Soon he begins to learn photography from photojournalist W. Eugene Smith, who, like Bresson, had a tremendous impact on Shapiro. In 1961, photographs of Shapiro began to appear in publications such as LIFE, Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Time, Sports Illustrated, People and Paris Match.
Shapiro added a number of names that went down in history as representatives of humanistic photography. His interest in social subjects, sensitive approach to models is largely the result of work under the guidance of Smith. During the 1960s in America, often called the “golden age of photojournalism,” the theme of his photographic series was Easter in Harlem, Apollo Theater, Haight-Ashbury district, political protests, the drugs problem, Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign.
With the same interest, he photographed both presidents and dogs. He owned 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 the series of works with the new "American heroes" ─ Edie Sedgwick and Andy Warhol, a friend of Shapiro. Photos of Steve Shapiro were published in numerous magazines and books on American culture of the 1960s. His works are presented in many private and public collections, including the Smithsonian Museum, the High Museum of Art, the New York Metropolitan Museum and the Getty Museum. The author’s large retrospective exhibitions were held in the USA, Spain, Russia and Germany.

- "Best of the West", A. Gallery, Paris, 2016
- solo show, Atlas Gallery, London, 2016
- "Retrospective"- Erarta Museum, St. Petersberg, Russia, 2016
- "Selma and Civil Rights", Fahey/Klein Gallery, Лос-Ан, 2015
- one-man show, Berlanga Gallery, Chicago, 2015
- "Andy Warhol", Pompidou-Metz Museum, 2015
- "Andy Warhol", Museum Victoria, Australia, 2015
- "Retrospective", El Centro de Historias de Zaragoza Muserum, 2015
- one-man show, The Hague , 2014
- solo show, Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe, 2014
- solo show, A. Gallery, Paris, 2014
- Heather James Gallery, Palm Dessert, CA, 2014
- Paschke Art Center, Chicago, 2014
- solo show, Brussels Gallery, 2013
- "Retrospective" - Rostock Museum, Germany, 2013
- West Baton Rouge Museum, 2013
- "Retrospective", Lumiere Brothers, Moscow, 2013
- Fotografiska, Stockholm, 2012
- solo show, A Gallery, Paris, 2012
- solo show, Camera Work, Berlin, 2011
- Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, 2011
- solo show, Hamiltons Gallery, London, 2011
- "Steve Schapiro and Helen Levitt", Jackson Fine Arts, Atlanta, 2009
- "Steve Schapiro’s “The Godfather”", Hamiltons Gallery, London, 2009
- “Warhol Live”, Musée De Beaux Arts, Montreal, 2008
- “The Greatest of All Time: Muhammad Ali”, Hofstra University Museum, New York, 2008
- Steve Schapiro - one-man show, Gallerie Thierry Marlat, Paris, 2008
- one-man show, Fahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, 2008
- “The Road To Freedom” (traveling exhibition), High Museum of Art, Atlanta, 2008
- group exhibition, Hamiltons Gallery, London, 2008
- Steve Schapiro - one-man show, Wouter van Leeuwn Gallery, Amsterdam, 2008
- one-man show, Monroe Gallery of Photography, Santa Fe, 2007
- “Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits” (traveling exhibition), Smithsonian, Washington D.C., 2007
- "Chicago Steve Schapiro: American Edge", Stephen Daiter Gallery, 2003
- "Steve Schapiro: American Edge", Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA, 2003
- group exhibitionsFahey/Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, 2002
- group exhibitions, Fahey/Klein Gallery, 2001
- one-man exhibition, Fahey/Klein Gallery, 2000
- Visa Pour Le Image, Perpignan France, 2000
- one-man exhibition, Bonnie Benrubbi Gallery, New York , 2000
- “America and the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-1968”, Weill Art Gallery, New York ,1996
- “Harlem On My Mind”, Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1969