Steve Schapiro (1934-2022) captured key moments of modern American history
In The Pink Gallery in Loulé is inaugurating an exhibition featuring photography by Steve Schapiro on September 23.
Steve Schapiro (1934-2022) captured key moments of modern American history and is one of the most respected and renowned photographers of the last 60 years. His photographs have graced the covers of magazines such as Time, Life, Vanity Fair, Paris Match and many others.
Museums and galleries have exhibited his artworks worldwide and he is represented in many private and public collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Smithsonian Museum, Washington D.C.; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta.
Born and raised in New York City in 1934, Steve Schapiro began working as a freelance photojournalist in 1961, the start of a decade he called the “golden age in photojournalism”.
He captured some of the defining moments during a critical turning point of American history such as Robert F. Kennedy’s presidential run or the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco. His images of Martin Luther King are considered one of the most famous documentations of the civil rights movement.
These striking images are not only part of the selected artworks for the exhibition, but they are also included in a comprehensive collection of images in the book Seventy Thirty, by Schapiro and Theophilus Donoghue, published by Damiani, available at the gallery.
Besides his career as a photojournalist, Schapiro also achieved a reputation as an excellent portraitist. He photographed many actors, musicians and artists, such as Barbra Streisand, David Bowie and Rene Magritte and accompanied Muhammad Ali as well as Andy Warhol and his entourage for a long time.
Schapiro became well known to a wider audience through his photographs on Hollywood movies. He photographed about 400 cinema productions and was responsible for the campaigns of the films. He created unforgettable images for many iconic movies including the cinematic masterpieces ‘Taxi Driver’ with Robert de Niro and Jodie Foster, directed by Martin Scorsese; ‘Chinatown’ with Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, directed by Roman Polanski, and ‘The Godfather’ with Marlon Brando and Al Pacino, directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
As this year marks the 50th anniversary of the first release of ‘The Godfather’, some of these famous images will be exhibited in a special space.
Another focus of the exhibition is dedicated to the photographs of Andy Warhol and his entourage, including Lou Reed, Edie Sedgwick, Velvet Underground and Nico.
“In The Pink is very pleased to be the first gallery to present Schapiro’s upcoming book ‘Andy Warhol and Friends’ published by Taschen,” says a press statement.
“It is with great honour that In The Pink presents the first solo exhibition of this exceptional artist since his passing at the beginning of the year and to introduce his outstanding oeuvre to our audience in Portugal.”
The exhibition runs until December 17. In The Pink is open Tuesday to Friday, from 11am to 7pm, and Saturdays, from 10am to 4pm. It is located at Praça da República 69-75, 8100-270 Loulé.