14 Mar 22

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On 15 January 2022 the gallery – and the world – lost a truly great photographer, activist and friend – the legendary Steve Schapiro.⁠

Born in 1934 in New York, Schapiro was a photojournalist most famous for his photographs of key moments of the civil rights movement, such as the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and the Selma to Montgomery marches in 1965. He accompanied Robert F. Kennedy during his presidential campaign and met and photographed an innumerable list of iconic figures from René Magritte to Andy Warhol, Samuel Beckett, David Bowie and Muhammad Ali. In addition to his career as a civil rights documentarian, Steve was also the official photographer on some of the most influential films of modern times, such as The Godfather (1972) and Taxi Driver (1976).⁠

Aside from his extraordinary achievements as a photographer, Steve was a man of peace, of unusual humanity and warmth. We will miss him dearly and during the coming year we will pay tribute to his phenomenal artistic career with several exhibitions and promotions.