Jack Nicholson by Steve Schapiro

Then And Now: Steve Schapiro

“I don’t think I’ve yet taken my most important photograph. I’m happy with many of the images. But I always look to the future.” – Steve Schapiro

Photographing such names as Robert DeNiro, Truman Capote, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Steve Schapiro seemed to have access to just about anyone he wanted. During the height of his career, in the 1960s and 70s, he was a photojournalist, a documentary photographer and a film set photographer. As a teenager, Schapiro wanted to become a novelist. It didn’t take long for him to realize, however, that he wasn’t quite cut out for that.  Determined and naively confident, he decided to turn his eye to photography. He would read countless issues of Life magazine and went to their offices every few weeks asking for a job. It wasn’t until the New York Times happened upon a minor article he had published, however, that he began to get notice. Soon, magazines such as Time, Newsweek, Rolling Stone and, yes, Life, were asking for his work. A self-described “quiet and polite” young man, everyone seemed to like him and he was able to make a name for himself in a diverse set of social circles, photographing rock stars, film stars, and politicians. Now, at 78, a selection of Shapiro’s work has been published in a retrospective volume, Steve Schapiro: Then and NowIt includes famous images as well as work that has never been seen from his life-long career.   

Robert Kennedy by Steve Schapiro Truman Capote by Steve Schapiro Martin Luther King by Steve Schapiro Santa by Steve Schapiro Keaton and Bowie by Steve Schapiro Andy Warhol by Steve Schapiro Robert DeNiro by Steve SchapiroAmateur Hour at the Apollo by Steve Schapiro
[via PDN Photo of the Day]

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