Photography

Schapiro, Steve (1934)

After discovering, as a teenager, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work and his ‘decisive moment’, Steve Schapiro tries to capture his own decisive moments on the streets of New York. In 1961, he becomes a freelance photographer for such publications as Life, Look, TIME and Rolling Stone and covers various events of what he would call the ‘golden age of photojournalism’, such as Martin Luther King’s 1963 Selma march, Robert Kenney’s 1968 presidential campaign or the ‘Summer of Love’ alongside all the major icons of counterculture such as Andy Warhol’s Velvet Underground and David Bowie. In 1968, he is sent on the set of Macadam Cowboy and one of his images becomes the film’s poster which turns him into one of Hollywood’s most demanded set photographer. Yet it is surely his 1964 collaboration with René Magritte that he recognizes as the most unusual and delightful experience. Sent by Life magazine at the Museum of Modern Art of New York to depict the artist amongst his artworks, Steve Shapiro managed to capture René Magritte’s placid eccentricity as the painter naturally played around, connecting himself to his paintings. With his photograph of René Magritte laying on a bench in front of his Castle in the Pyranees as though he was dreaming it or the one made in front of his Golconda as if René Magritte was one of the painting’s raining characters that had escaped the canvas, the American photographer produced a delectable surrealist mise-en-abime.
 

Steve Schapiro, Barbra Streisand, c. 1982
Steve Schapiro, Barbra Streisand, c. 1982
Steve Schapiro, Buster Keaton, New York, 1964
Steve Schapiro, Buster Keaton, New York, 1964
Steve Schapiro, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) and Kids, Louisville, KY, 1963
Steve Schapiro, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) and Kids, Louisville, KY, 1963
Steve Schapiro, David Bowie, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1975
Steve Schapiro, David Bowie, Los Angeles, CA, c. 1975
Steve Schapiro, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in 'Midnight Cowboy', 1968
Steve Schapiro, Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight in 'Midnight Cowboy', 1968
Steve Schapiro, Hullabaloo with Chuck Berry, 1965
Steve Schapiro, Hullabaloo with Chuck Berry, 1965
Steve Schapiro, Jane Fonda, 1983
Steve Schapiro, Jane Fonda, 1983
Steve Schapiro, Jodie on Couch, 'Taxi Driver',  New York, 1975
Steve Schapiro, Jodie on Couch, 'Taxi Driver', New York, 1975
Steve Schapiro, Katherine Hepburn, 1964
Steve Schapiro, Katherine Hepburn, 1964
Steve Schapiro, Ike and Tina Turner at Home, Los Angeles, CA, 1974
Steve Schapiro, Ike and Tina Turner at Home, Los Angeles, CA, 1974
Steve Schapiro, Martin Luther King Jr. Leading March, Selma, AL, 1965
Steve Schapiro, Martin Luther King Jr. Leading March, Selma, AL, 1965
Steve Schapiro, Martin Luther King's Motel Room Several Hours after He Was Shot, 1968
Steve Schapiro, Martin Luther King's Motel Room Several Hours after He Was Shot, 1968
Steve Schapiro, Rene Magritte at Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1965
Steve Schapiro, Rene Magritte at Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1965
Steve Schapiro, Robert Kennedy Campaign, IL, 1967
Steve Schapiro, Robert Kennedy Campaign, IL, 1967
Steve Schapiro, Robert Kennedy on the Campain Trail, New York, 1966
Steve Schapiro, Robert Kennedy on the Campain Trail, New York, 1966
Steve Schapiro, Robert Redford in 'The Great Gatsby', 1973
Steve Schapiro, Robert Redford in 'The Great Gatsby', 1973
Steve Schapiro, The Whisper: Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather', 1971
Steve Schapiro, The Whisper: Marlon Brando in 'The Godfather', 1971
Steve Schapiro, Truman Capote in Motel Room, Humboldt, KS, 1967
Steve Schapiro, Truman Capote in Motel Room, Humboldt, KS, 1967
Steve Schapiro, Warhol and Sedgwick Entourage, New York, 1965
Steve Schapiro, Warhol and Sedgwick Entourage, New York, 1965
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