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.