(American, b.1934) is a photographer and photojournalist who captured some of the most important historical events of the 1960s and 1970s, and is also known for his movie stills. Born in New York, Schapiro studied under William Eugene Smith
, who deeply influenced the artist’s work, along with seminal street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson
In 1961, he began working as a freelance photojournalist, with his images appearing in publications such as LIFE
, Vanity Fair
, and Time
. Among his seminal images are those from Martin Luther King’s march on Selma in 1963, on the road during Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential campaign, and at The Factory with Andy Warhol
. Known for his compassionate and activist approach to his subjects, his works played an important role in bringing issues such as the Civil Rights Movement, immigration, and narcotic addition to national attention.
Beginning in the 1970s, Schapiro began collaborating with film companies, and worked on hundreds of movies, including Midnight Cowboy
, The Godfather
, and Taxi Driver
His works are contained in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., the National Portrait Gallery in London, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Musée des Beaux-art de Montreal, among others. His books include Schapiro’s Heroes
, which takes an intimate look at major iconic figures such as Muhammad Ali, Ray Charles, and Samuel Beckett, and American Edge
, which was voted one of the best photography books of 2000.