Steve Schapiro: Photographing stars and everything else

Barbara Streisand. 1969

My first encounter with American photographer Steve Schapiro was via his portraiture work of the talented Barbara Streisand. Iconic portraiture that captured the spirit of a generation. And over the years, having seen a fair amount of his work while tracing his photographic lineage to two huge personal ‘heros’ of mine – Henri Cartier Bresson and W. Eugene Smith, it is clear to see that Schapiro is one of a rare breed of ‘photojournalists’ with an uncanny knack for capturing ‘the decisive moment’. Like Eugene Smith before him, Schapiro does wrap his photographer role around his activitist self, and not many do that any more. Here is a glimpse of some of his ‘celebritygraphs’ and a few ‘activitigraphs’.

Robert Redford and Lauren Hutton. 1970. ‘Little Fauss And Big Halsy’.

Muhammad Ali

Jack Nicholson with director Roman Polanski. 1974. ‘Chinatown’

Dustin Hoffman

Robert F Kennedy. 1968. U.S. presidential campaign.

Martin Luther King. 1965. American civil rights movement.

Ike and Tina Turner

Martin Scorsese on the sets of ‘Taxi Driver’.

Muhammad Ali: Monopoly

Robert De Niro. 1976. ‘Taxi Driver’.

Martin Luther King’s march in Selma. American civil rights movement. 1965

French screen star Yves Montand. Fifth Avenue, New York. 1961

Mia Farrow

Buster Keaton

Andy Warhol: Party

Hippies. Dublin.

Beggar. Prague.

Support Kennedy.

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Jessie Stober

Gotta love De Niro as Taxi Driver

Milagros
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Milagros

Look at the look in the old lady’s face as she is shaking Kennedy’s hand!!! Priceless.

Preethi
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Preethi

Barbara Streisand is so so gorgeous!

max draeger
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max draeger

haha! i never imagined buster keaton to be this sombre and serious

kungfu panda
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kungfu panda

The beggar in Prague, looks more like a drunk college kid..oh well

Annabelle Decamp
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Annabelle Decamp

In the Warhol film roll, that is Eddie Sedgewick on the front left I think, read her biography quite some time back, charming delightful young lady…tragic tale though

tulika
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tulika

are those wigs on the ladies staring at montand?? :)

cody
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cody

what was dustin hofman smokin??!! or drinkin or watever

Erika
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Erika

Hate that fake smile on Tina Turner, quite unrecognizable actually.

thirdeyeblind
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thirdeyeblind

Hahh! Scorcese looks like he has completely lost it. be afraid

Probir
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Probir

Love the old lady and RFK photo.