“Watching them come and go”
The brilliant Steve Schapiro has recently published a book of his photographs from across the years entitled Then and Now.
Here's publisher Hatje Cantz‘s blurb regarding the collection:
Master photographer Steve Schapiro unlocks his archive, allowing a look behind the scenes. More than fifty years’ worth of pictures. Robert Kennedy was the most imposing politician he ever met. And Johnny Depp is incredibly photogenic. Steve Schapiro ought to know, because he has actually photographed them all: his expressive portraits of Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, Barbara Streisand, Marlon Brando, David Bowie, Jodie Foster, and Robert de Niro are part of our collective visual memory.
Besides his work with the stars, Schapiro and his camera accompanied the greatest political and social upheavals of the sixties and seventies. These photographs have also achieved iconic status. This volume includes a selection of photos taken over a period of more than fifty years. In the accompanying essays, Schapiro explains how they were created, describing his experiences in a lively, humorous way. Along with previously unpublished photographs, the book also features new works by the timeless master.
That description is accurate too. It‘s incredible just how many of the images you remember, but probably didn't realise they were Schapiro‘s photographs, when you leaf through this astonishing 240-page hardback.
All that and it has Bowie portraits too, including the cover shot shown here. With that kind of content to draw on, how flattering is that? Go to hatjecantz.de for more.