Monroe Gallery of Photography
Monroe Gallery of Photography



Art Shay


Chili Con Carne, Chicago, 1949
Chili Con Carne, Chicago, 1949

A major exhibition of photographs from one of America’s most accomplished photographers, Art Shay, November 25 through January 22, 2017.

For over 70 years, Art Shay has documented life, combining his gifts of storytelling, humor and empathy. Born in 1922, he grew up in the Bronx and then served as a navigator in the U.S. Army Air Forces in World War II, during which he flew 52 bomber missions and a series of pictures he took of a collision between two B-24s above his air base in East Anglia was published in Look magazine. Shay joined the staff of Life magazine as a writer, and quickly became a Chicago-based freelance photographer for Life, Time, Sports Illustrated and other national publications. He has photographed nine US Presidents and many major figures of the 20th century. Shay also wrote weekly columns for various newspapers, several plays, children's books, sports instruction books, many photo essay books and authored several pays. Shay's photography is in the permanent collections of major museums including the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago, and The Art Institute of Chicago. Although his last formal assignment was in 1988, when he shot the night the lights went on at Wrigley Field for Time Magazine, Shay has continued actively photographing in his later years.



3 to 4 Ages of Women, 1950

3 to 4 Ages of Women, 1950

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

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

Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) 1961

Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay) 1961



All Night Beauty Shop, 1959

All Night Beauty Shop, 1959

Back Alley Joy, 1965

Back Alley Joy, 1965

Backyard  Olympics, 1958

Backyard Olympics, 1958



Be Kind Now, 1950

"Be Kind Now", 1950

Marlon Brando and family dog, Libertyville, Illinois, 1950

Marlon Brando and family dog, Libertyville, Illinois, 1950

Brooklyn, Illinois, Population 2,250, 1952

Brooklyn, Illinois, Population 2,250, 1952



Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, 1966

Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, 1966

Building of St. Louis Arch, 1963

Building of St. Louis Arch, 1963

Catcher in the Vines, 1961

Catcher in the Vines, 1961



Clear the Park, Chicago, 1968

Clear the Park, Chicago, 1968

Coney Island Threesome, 1947

Coney Island Threesome, 1947

Doggie Dos, 1963

“Doggie Dos”, 1963



Dorothy on Spanish Steps, 1955

Dorothy on Spanish Steps, 1955

Fuck Communism, Dan Sorkin, Chicago, 1963

“Fuck Communism”, Dan Sorkin, Chicago, 1963

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

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



Grandparents Rest Stop, Northbrook Mall, 1961

Grandparents Rest Stop, Northbrook Mall, 1961

Hands on Flagpole, 1968

Hands on Flagpole, 1968

Harmony in Snow, 1955

Harmony in Snow, 1955



Hugh Hefner in His Office Bedroom at Chicago Mansion, 1967

Hugh Hefner in His Office Bedroom at Chicago Mansion, 1967

Honor King, End Racism, 1968

Honor King, End Racism, 1968

Simone deBeauvior, 1950

Simone deBeauvior, 1950



Hula Hoop Craze, Chicago, 1959

Hula Hoop Craze, Chicago, 1959

Integration Rally, 1963

Integration Rally, 1963

Iowa Gothic, 1959

Iowa Gothic, 1959



John F. Kennedy Unguarded, Cleveland, OH, 1960

John F. Kennedy Unguarded, Cleveland, OH, 1960

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

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

Johnny Cash, 1961

Johnny Cash, 1961



Judy Garland, 1962

Judy Garland, 1962

Revelry during Khrushchev’s Iowa visit, 1959

Revelry during Khrushchev’s Iowa visit, 1959

Elizabeth Taylor, 1960

Elizabeth Taylor, 1960



Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, 1961

Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle, 1961

Muddy Waters and his wife, Geneva, 1950

Muddy Waters and his wife, Geneva, 1950

My Florence, 1942

My Florence, 1942



Nixon on La Salle Street, Chicago, 1968

Nixon on La Salle Street, Chicago, 1968

	No Dog on Beach, New Jersey, 1975

"No Dog on Beach", New Jersey, 1975

Porch Trumpeter, 1952

Porch Trumpeter, 1952



Racing Monkeys. 1954

Racing Monkeys. 1954

Ray Kroc, 1965

Ray Kroc, 1965

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

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



Smoking Dog, 1971

Smoking Dog, 1971

Southside Catch, 1951

Southside Catch, 1951

Sunday Morning on Madison Street, 1950

Sunday Morning on Madison Street, 1950



The Supremes, Hitsville, Detroit, 1965

The Supremes, "Hitsville", Detroit, 1965

Vegas Showgirls, 1961

Vegas Showgirls, 1961

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

"Welcome Democrats" Hilton Hotel, Michigan Avenue, August 1968, Democratic Convention



Chili Con Carne, Chicago, 1949

Chili Con Carne, Chicago, 1949

Iraq War Games, Baghdad, Iraq, July 2, 2007 - Hadi Mizbahn

Tracks to War, 1944

Chicagoans around pump 12

Chicagoans around pump 12



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