Born in New York in 1934, Steve Schapiro began taking photographs at the age of 9. He originally aimed to be a writer but decided to devote himself to photojournalism and was taught by William Eugene Smith. In 1961 he embarked on a career as a freelance photographer and captured key historical moments of the 1960s, working for Life, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time and Paris Match amongst others. Schapiro’s work has been exhibited internationally and was included in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s 1968 exhibition Harlem On My Mind and more recently Warhol Underground at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. His work is held in the collections of the Smithsonian, The High Museum and the National Portrait Gallery amongst others and is the subject of six, American Edge, Schapiro’s Heroes, The Godfather Family Album, Taxi Driver, Then and Now, and Bliss.