"His images moved minds."
January 25, 2022 8:56 PM   Subscribe

American photographer Steve Schapiro has died. Never heard of him? You've probably seen his work: MLK, Ali, Robert Kennedy, James Baldwin, the American Civil Rights movement, John Lewis, Midnight Cowboy, Brando, Magritte, Warhol and Sedgewick, De Niro, Bowie, Ike & Tina Turner.

Schapiro, a photojournalist and social documentarian who bore witness to some of the nation’s most significant political and cultural moments and movements, starting in the 1960s with the historic struggle for racial equality across the Jim Crow South, died on Jan. 15 at his home in Chicago. He was 87.

Photo-laden obits from the New York Times, CNN, Chicago Sun Times, LA Times, Rolling Stone.

Twitter tributes from Ava Duvernay and Barbra Streisand.

My favorite old photo of Steve. And my favorite recent photo.

I've made this post somewhat selfishly -- Steve was a friend for many years. If his work is new to you, please do click through the links and see what he created. If his work is beautiful to you, or has moved you or interested you at all, please know that he was an even more wonderful human being, filled with an eternal, boundless sense of wonder. I think it comes through in his work. And I feel blessed to have known him.
posted by BlahLaLa (12 comments total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
Steve Schapiro's photo of John Lewis in 1963 is one of my favorite photos of John Lewis. In 2015 he took another photo of John Lewis which I've always thought of as a bit of a reference to his earlier photo.
posted by RichardP at 9:29 PM on January 25 [2 favorites]

RichardP, apparently one of Steve's photos of John Lewis will shortly become a US postage stamp, but I don't know which one.
posted by BlahLaLa at 9:51 PM on January 25 [2 favorites]

Wonderful work, thank you for sharing.
posted by wemayfreeze at 12:12 AM on January 26 [2 favorites]


Funny I was just looking at that Midnight Cowboy poster this week and thinking "who would try to market a big budget film with an image that sad?"
posted by octothorpe at 4:22 AM on January 26 [2 favorites]

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posted by mcbeth at 9:27 AM on January 26

I hadn't realized until his passing how many of these images were his. What an amazing career!
posted by kitten kaboodle at 10:49 AM on January 26 [2 favorites]

Well done. Lovely to see those beautiful people captured with such a gifted eye. Thanks for introducing him to me BLL.
posted by aquanaut at 5:35 PM on January 26 [1 favorite]

posted by wicked_sassy at 6:41 AM on January 27

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posted by adekllny at 10:38 AM on January 29

Thank you for sharing these memories from your friend. He left a beautiful legacy.
posted by Salamandrous at 4:30 PM on February 7

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