Santa Fe (PRWEB) September 26, 2007
Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is honored to announce an extensive exhibition of more than 50 significant photographs by Steve Schapiro of events that would shape a generation, and people who were considered among the most dynamic of this past century. The exhibition opens with a reception for the photographer on Saturday, September 29, from 5 to 7 PM, and will continue through November 18.
Concurrently, "Schapiro's Heroes" is being published by Powerhouse Books. Monroe Gallery Of Photography will be the first venue in the world to have the book available.
Schapiro was a disciple of the great photographer W. Eugene Smith, and shared Smith's passion for black and white documentary work. From the beginning of Schapiro's career, he had already set a mission for himself: to chronicle the "American Life". One of the most respected American documentary photographers, Steve Schapiro has photographed major stories for most of the world's most prominent magazines, including Life, Look, Time, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone, People, and Paris Match.
His career in photography began in 1960 with personal documentary projects on "Arkansas Migrant Workers" and "Narcotics Addiction in East Harlem". The New York Times Magazine published his migrant photographs as a cover story which resulted in bringing electricity to a farm camp which previously had only kerosene lamps. In the 60's and 70's, he traveled extensively throughout the United States for Life and other magazines doing stories on American culture. Schapiro spent several weeks in the South with James Baldwin and became involved in many civil rights stories including the Selma March and covering Martin Luther King; he traveled with Bobby Kennedy on his Senate campaign and Presidential campaign (including a stop in Albuquerque); and did photo essays on Haight Ashbury, the Pine Ridge Sioux Indian Reservation, and Protest in America. He photographed Andy Warhol and the New York art scene, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, poodles, beauty parlors, and performances at the famous Apollo Theater in New York. In the 1970's and 80's he continued documentary work but also did Hollywood stories, including the still photographs for The Godfather and Midnight Cowboy. From 200 through 2003 he was a contributing photographer for American Radio Works (Minneapolis Public Radio) producing on-line documentary projects: "Viet Nam Vets," "The Mentally Disturbed and the Prison System" and "Survivors of Jim Crow."
Schapiro's photographs resonate vividly now, some 40 to 50 years later. In his photographs, everything and everyone self-evidently meant something, so people wore words as well as thinking them and speaking them. They bore their convictions on their sleeves, wrote them on walls, carried them as signs, painted them on their faces, stitched them to their hats, clipped them to their lips, aspiring to become those words incarnate. In contrast, Steve feels that we are now going through, as he calls it, a "period of American valium."
In 2000, Arena Editions published his first book, American Edge. In fall 2007, "Schapiro's Heroes" is being released by Powerhouse Books.
Monroe Gallery of Photography was founded by Sidney S. Monroe and Michelle A. Monroe. Building on more than four decades of collective experience, the gallery specializes in classic black & white photography with an emphasis on humanist and photojournalist imagery. The gallery also represents a select group of contemporary and emerging photographers.
Gallery hours are 10 to 6 Monday through Saturday, 11 to 5 Sunday. Admission is free. For further information, please call: 505.992.0800. Press images and interviews with Steve Schapiro are available upon request.