Monroe Gallery of Photography
Monroe Gallery of Photography


Exhibition of one of the most respected American documentary photographers

Santa Fe--Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is honored to announce an extensive exhibition of more than 50 significant photographs by Steve Schapiro of events that would shape a generation, and people who were considered among the most dynamic of this past century. The exhibition opens with a reception for the photographer on Friday, April 16, from 5 to 7 PM, and will continue through June 27.

Martin Luther King, Alabama, 1965

Steve Schapiro discovered photography at age of nine at a summer camp. Excited by the camera's potential, he would spend the next decades prowling the streets of his native New York trying to emulate the work of the great French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson. Schapiro was a disciple of the great photographer W. Eugene Smith, and shared Smith's passion for black and white documentary work. From the beginning of Schapiro's career, he had already set a mission for himself: to chronicle the "American Life". Schapiro's photographs show the collective American psyche torn apart by the turbulent 1960's; the increasing disparity between rich and poor; racial and class conflict; the burgeoning middle class and its materialistic desires; in short, the American Edge.

His career in photography began in 1960 with personal documentary projects on "Arkansas Migrant Workers" and "Narcotics Addiction in East Harlem". The New York Times Magazine published his migrant photographs as a cover story. In the 60's and 70's, he traveled extensively throughout the United States for Life and other magazines doing stories on American culture. Schapiro spent several weeks in the South with James Baldwin and became involved in many civil rights stories including the Selma March and covering Martin Luther King; he traveled with Bobby Kennedy on his Senate campaign and Presidential campaign (including a stop in Albuquerque); and did photo essays on Haight Ashbury, the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation, and Protest in America. He photographed Andy Warhol and the New York art scene, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, poodles, beauty parlors, and performances at the famous Apollo Theater in New York. He also collaborated on projects for record covers and related art. As picture magazines declined in the 1970's and 80's he continued documentary work but also produced advertising material, publicity stills and posters for films, including, The Godfather, Rambo, The Way We Were, Risky Business, Taxi Driver, and Midnight Cowboy. From 2000 through 2003 he was a contributing photographer for American Radio Works (Minneapolis Public Radio) producing on-line documentary projects, including: "Viet Nam Vets," "The Mentally Disturbed and the Prison System" and "Survivors of Jim Crow."

Steve Schapiro has photographed major stories for most of the world's most prominent magazines, including Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, People, and Paris Match. Since the Metropolitan Museum of Art's seminal 1989 exhibition, "Harlem on my Mind", Schapiro's photographs have appeared in museum exhibitions world-wide, including the High Museum of Art's "Road to Freedom", currently travelling the United States.

Martin Luther King, Alabama, 1965

Martin Luther King, Birmingham, Alabama, 1963

Martin Luther King, Jr., (Megaphone), Selma, Alabama, 1965

Martin Luther King, Mississippi, 1965

Rosa Parks, Selma March, 1965

On the Road, the Selma March, 1965

"White Women", Arkansas, 1961

"Vote", Selma March,1965

Martin Luther King Jr's Motel Room Hours After He Was Shot, Memphis, Tennessee 1968

Segregationists, St. Augustine, Florida, 1964

Photographing protestors at Anti-Nixon rally, Washington, DC, 1968

James Baldwin, Harlem, New York, 1963

Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy

Robert Kennedy at Berkeley, California, 1966

Robert F. Kennedy Campaign, California, 1966

Robert F. Kennedy, Hickory Hill, Maryland

President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline, 1963

"I Ain't GoingÂ…", New York, 1968

Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1961

Supermarket Protests, New Jersey, 1963

Andy Warhol, The Factory, New York

"Andy Loves Edie" (Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick), New York, 1965

Rene Magritte, MOMA, New York, 1965

Andy Warhol, Nico and the Velvet Underground, Los Angeles, California, 1965

Andy Warhol, Nico and the Velvet Underground, Los Angeles, California, 1965 (windows)

Allen Ginsberg, New York, 1963

Samuel Beckett, 1964

Barbara Streisand

Barbara Streisand, Kenya,Up The Sandbox

Robert DiNiro, Taxi Driver, 1975 (Contact Sheet)

Midnight Cowboy, New York,1969

The Whisper, The Godfather

Cassius Clay, Lexington, Kentucky, 1963

Cassius Clay, Lexington, Kentucky, 1963

Amateur Hour, ApolloTheater, Harlem 1961

Truman Capote, Holcomb, Kansas, April,1967

Truman Capote, Holcomb, Kansas, April,1967

Under the boardwalk,Coney Island, New York, April,1959

Ray Charles, 1965

Ray Charles, 1965

Hullabaloo with Chuck Berry, NY, 1965

Three Men, New York, 1961

Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland

The Supremes, New York

President John F. Kennedy, 1963

Ted Kennedy

Grant Park, Chicago, Election Night, 2008

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