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Art Shay

October 6 through November 19, 2017

For over 70 years, Art Shay has documented life, combining his gifts of storytelling, humor and empathy. Art Shay will be honored with the Lucie statue for Lifetime Achievement during the Lucie Awards gala ceremony at Carnegie Hall in New York October 29, 2017.The Lucie Awards is the premiere annual event honoring the greatest achievements in photography

Art Shay was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1922. During World War II, he was lead navigator on 30 missions in the Eighth Air Force. His service, which also includes 23 combat supplies missions, earned him five Air Medals, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the French Croix de Guerre. He is credited with shooting down one Focke Wulf 190, a German fighter plane.

Shay has pursued photography since his teens, and he took his first Leica to war with him. His first published photographs—documenting a mid air collision over his English Air Base—were printed in a September 1944 issue of Look magazine. Upon returning to civilian life, Shay wrote Sunday features for the Washington Post before becoming a staff reporter for Life magazine. In San Francisco at age 26, he became Life’s youngest bureau chief. His specialty was story ideas and he wrote text and captions for photographers such as Alfred Eisenstaedt, Peter Stackpole, Wallace Kirkland and Francis Miller.

In 1951, Shay left his staff position at Life magazine and became a freelance photographer. He found success shooting for major magazines including Life, Time, Fortune, Ebony, Sports Illustrated, The Saturday Evening Post and The New York Times Magazine. Shay earned a reputation for getting the shots editors wanted. As former editor of Life and Fortune Roy Rowan put it, “Art Shay’s extraordinary talent lies in capturing the human spirit of all those who come before his lens.” Shay’s images range from photographs of nine US Presidents, to the early 1960s Post cereal box baseball card photographs. His his last formal assignment was in 1988, when he shot the night the lights went on at Wrigley Field for Time Magazine.

Johnny Ray Fans, New York, 1951

Ernest Hemingway, War Correspondent, 8th Air Force Headquarters, High Wycombe, England, 1945

Marlon Brando, The Little Mohee, Liberty, Illinois, 1950

Hoover Hotel, 1954

Sisters, Chicago, 1949

Emergency Treatment, Chicago, 1949

The Ice Man, Chicago, 1949

U505 Submarine and Sisterne bathers, Chicago, 1954

The Symbol, Chicago, 1960

James Baldwin, 1962

Martin Luther King, Jr., at the R.S. Lewis & Sons Funeral Home in Memphis, 1968

Martin Luther King speaking speaking at Soldier Field in Chicago during a large "freedom rally" which focused on housing discrimination, 1966

John F. Kennedy on the Hustings, Cleveland, 1960

John F. Kennedy, South Dakota, 1960

Nelson Algren at his Chicago home site as it is being wrecked for a new expressway, 1957

Vince Lombardi, 1962

The Rat Pack, Sands , Las Vegas, 1961

the Last Carousel, Riverview Amusement Park, Illinois, 1964

Nixon Women await his arrival, O’Hare Airport, 1968

Poet Allen Ginsberg shown raising his hands in meek surrender to the police, Chicago Democratic Convention, 1968

Playwright Jean Genet demonstrates in Grant Park Chicago 1968 against Chicago Mayor Daley’s police. Next to him is novelist William Burroughs and novelist Terry Christian who wrote “The Magic Christian.”

Hugh Hefner in His Office Bedroom at Chicago Mansion, 1967

Sunday Morning on Madison Street, 1950

Nixon on La Salle Street, Chicago, 1968

Simone deBeauvior, 1950

Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) 1961

Muhammed's Grandchild in Center with Black Muslim Sisters, 1969

Skid Row

“Welcome Democrats” Hilton Hotel, Michigan Avenue, August 1968, Democratic Convention

"Two Chiefs" John F. Kennedy with Delegates from the American Indian Chicago Conference, 1962



African American student, James H. Meredith, interviewed after registering at Mississippi University, following the night of anti-integration riots. Oxford, Mississippi January 1962

Supporters of Segregationist Realtors, Jefferson Park, Chicago, August 1966

The Supremes, Hitsville, Detroit, 1965


High School Hangout

Chicago New Year’s Eve Costume Run, 1956

3 to 4 Ages of Women, 1950

Chicago Mafia Leader Tony Accardo By Courthouse Lion, Chicago, February 1959

All Night Beauty Shop, 1959

Back Alley Joy, 1965

Backyard Olympics, 1958

"Be Kind Now", 1950

Marlon Brando and family dog, Libertyville, Illinois, 1950

Brooklyn, Illinois, Population 2,250, 1952

Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, 1966

Building of St. Louis Arch, 1963

Catcher in the Vines, 1961

Clear the Park, Chicago, 1968

Coney Island Threesome, 1947

“Doggie Dos”, 1963

Dorothy on Spanish Steps, 1955

“Fuck Communism”, Dan Sorkin, Chicago, 1963

Nelson Algren Being Dealt to by the Real Life Man with the Golden Arm, 1949

Grandparents Rest Stop, Northbrook Mall, 1961

Hands on Flagpole, 1968

Harmony in Snow, 1955

Honor King, End Racism, 1968

Hula Hoop Craze, Chicago, 1959

Integration Rally, 1963

Iowa Gothic, 1959

John F. Kennedy Unguarded, Cleveland, OH, 1960

“Two Chiefs”- John F. Kennedy Receives Native American Request, 1960

Johnny Cash, 1961

Judy Garland, 1962

Revelry during Khrushchev’s Iowa visit, 1959

Elizabeth Taylor, 1960

Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, 1961

Muddy Waters and his wife, Geneva, 1950

My Florence, 1942

“No Dog on Beach”, New Jersey, 1975

Porch Trumpeter, 1952

Racing Monkeys. 1954

Ray Kroc, 1965

Smoking Dog, 1971

Southside Catch, 1951

The Supremes, “Hitsville”, Detroit, 1965

Vegas Showgirls, 1961

Chili Con Carne, Chicago, 1949

Tracks to War, 1944

Chicagoans around pump 12

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