Steve Schapiro (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, Newsweek, 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, Parenthood, 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.

Exhibitions

2013
Museum Center, Krasnoyarsk, Siberia (solo)
2013
Camera Works, Berlin – Group Rock and Roll Show
2013
West Baton Rouge Museum – “Heroes” (solo)
2013
Rostock Museum, Rostock, Germany (solo)
2013
Wouter Van Leeuwen Gallery, Amsterdam (solo)
2012
Lumiere Brothers, Moscow (solo)
2012
Camera Works, Berlin – Group Color Show
2012
Tokyo Photo (Camera Works)
2012
Paris Photo (Camera Works)
2012
Fotografiska Museum, Stockholm
2011
Paris Photo, (Camera Works)
2011
Camera Work, Berlin (solo)
2011
Cannes Film Festival “Magic Garden” (solo)
2011
Houk Gallery, Basil Art Fair
2011
A. Gallery, Paris (solo)
2011
Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago (solo)
2011
Stephen Hoffman Gallery, Munich (group show)
2011
Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles – (Two Man Show)
2011
Lamont Museum, Exeter N.H. – “Heroes” (solo)
2011
Steve Schapiro, Camera Work, Berlin, Germany (solo)
2010
Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe (solo)
2010
M2 Unger Gallery Stockholm, Sweden (solo)
2009
Jackson Fine Arts, Atlanta – Steve Schapiro and Helen Levitt
2009
Hamiltons Gallery, London – “The Godfather” (solo)
2008
Musee de Beaux Arts, Montreal “Warhol Live”
2008
Hofstra University Museum, New York –“Muhammad Ali” Group Show
2008
Gallerie Thierry Marlat, Paris (solo)
2008
High Museum of Art, Atlanta -“Road to Freedom” Group Show
2008
Hamiltons Gallery, London – Group exhibition
2008
Wouter van Leeuwen Gallery, Amsterdam (solo)
2008
"Road to Freedom" Civil Rights Movement 1956-1968 High Museum, Atlanta
2007
Monroe Gallery, Santa Fe – “Heroes” (solo)
2007
Smithsonian, Washington D.C – “Let Your Motto Be Resistance”
2003
Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago – “American Edge” (solo)
2003
Mead Art Museum, Amherst – “American Edge” (solo)
2002
Fahey Klein Gallery. Los Angeles – Group Exhibition
2001
Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles – Group Exhibit
2000
Fahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles “American Edge” (solo)
2000
Visa Pour Le Image, Perpignan, France
2000
Bonnie Benrubbi Gallery, New York – “American Edge” (solo)
1996
Wells Art Gallery, New York, “America and the Civil Rights Movement”
1969
"Harlem On My Mind", Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York