A SHOWCASE of work by Steve Schapiro entitled Heroes opens next month at the ATLAS Gallery, London. The exhibition captures the American photographer’s celebration of heroes from the worlds of film, politics, art, sport and music. It will also include some rarely seen portraits of the late David Bowie.
Warhol and the Velvet Underground through window. Los Angeles © Steve Schapiro
The showcase starts with the 1960s, also known as the golden age of photojournalism, capturing key moments from the Civil Rights Movement up to Robert Kennedy on the campaign trail in 1968.
Martin Luther King with Flag, Selma, March 1965 © Steve Schapiro
The 1970s manifests Schapiro’s interest in film, capturing the likes of stars such as Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972) and Robert de Niro in Taxi Driver (1976).
The Godfather, The Whisper, New York, 1971 © Steve Schapiro
Meanwhile 1974 gives way to Schapiro’s ingenious collaboration with David Bowie. Some never before exhibited photographs of the musician will be on display for the first time to coincide with the new book, Bowie: Photographs by Steve Schapiro recently published by powerHouse Books.
by Rebecca Acres