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Once Upon A Time In America

		Montgomery, Selma March, 1965
Entering Montgomery,
Selma March, 1965

One of the most respected American documentary photographers, Steve Schapiro has photographed American history, and the fractured fabric of contemporary American life, over the last five decades. The list of people Steve Schapiro has photographed during his career reads like a Who's Who of the most influential politicians, celebrities and newsmakers in contemporary American history.

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". His career in photography began in 1960 with personal documentary projects on "Arkansas Migrant Workers" and "Narcotics Addiction in East Harlem". Schapiro 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; 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.

Entering Montgomery, Selma March, 1965

On the Road, the Selma March, 1965

Boy with Flag, Selma March, 1965

"Vote", Selma March,1965

Freedom Bus, Summer of 1964

Robert F. Kennedy Campaign, California, 1966

I Ain't going....

Motorcyclist with Kennedy pin, 1966

John Lewis, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1963

Martin Luther King Marching for Voting Rights with John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy, Selma, 1965

Freedom Rider Jerome Smith, Mississippi, 1965

Martin Luther King, Alabama, 1965

Rosa Parks, Selma March, 1965

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

Supermarket Protests, New Jersey, 1963

"White Women", Arkansas, 1961

Segregationists, St. Augustine, Florida, 1964

George Wallace in doorway, Tuscaloosa, 1963

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

Robert DiNiro, Taxi Driver, 1975 (Contact Sheet)

Midnight Cowboy, New York,1969

Homage, The Godfather, 1971

Nico in Times Square, 1964

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

Andy Loves Edie, 1965

Marlon Brando and Francis Ford Coppola, The Godfather, 1971

Robert Redford and Lauren Hutton on the set of 1970 movie Little Fauss And Big Halsy

Yves Montand, Fifth Avenue, New York, 1971

Cassius Clay, Lexington, Kentucky, 1963

Muhammad Ali (Cassius Clay - Monopoly), Louisville, Kentucky, 1963

James Baldwin, Harlem, New York, 1963

Samuel Beckett, 1964

Rene Magritte, MOMA, New York, 1965

Truman Capote, Holcomb, Kansas, April,1967

Woman and Poodle at Beauty Parlor, New York, 1961

Migrant Bean Pickers, Arkansas, 1961

Fifth Avenue, New York City, 1961

Flag, Selma March, 1965

Fairy in the woods, Rainbow Gathering, Michigan, 2001

Three Men, New York, 1961

"I Love Anybody..." Migrant Camp Cabin, Arkansas, 1961

The Worst is Yet to Come, New York, c. 1968

Woman with Wolfhound, White Russian Ball, New York, 1963

"Feminists at a rally, Washington, DC, 1968

Satchel Paige with children, 1962

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