A cool customer! The stunning collection of never published pictures from legendary American Scope Features photographer Steve Schapiro
The catalogue of stars Steve Schapiro has photographed during his 50-year career reads like a who’s who of the most influential people in America’s recent history.
But not only did he manage to convince the famous politicians, celebrities and newsmakers to pose for him, the artist captured them in their prime – Robert F. Kennedy during his 1968 presidential campaign, Marlon Brando on the set of The Godfather, Andy Warhol and muse Edie Sedgwick in The Factory.
Most people would be familiar with at least some of Mr Schapiro’s stunning work but next month he is releasing a collection of lesser-known, mostly unpublished photographs for readers to enjoy.
‘There were so many pictures that I loved but didn’t fit with the format of my previous books, so this was a chance to bring forth that work,’ he said of his new book, Steve Schapiro: Then and Now.
The book, Steve Schapiro: Then and Now, is being published worldwide in December 2012 by Hatje Cantz.
It comprises a wealth of spectacular portraits including one of Martin Scorcese holding a gun and grapes, another of Mia Farrow holding a baby, and a beautiful profile of Barbara Streisand.
Double acts include Robert Redford and Lauren Hutton posing on a motorbike, and Jack Nicholson playing around with Roman Polanski.
‘I wanted to make a book that was interesting on every page,’ Mr Schapiro said.
And he succeeds with images that aren’t just remarkable portraits of remarkable people, but snapshots into America’s historical and cultural milestones.
Despite the photographer’s epic career, he refuses to quit, insisting that he hasn’t yet taken his most important picture.
In the meantime, there’s one influential subject he’s not yet pinned down. ‘President Barack Obama. I would love to photograph him.’
To buy the book, visit Amazon or bookstores nationwide.
Story in Daily Mail
Robert Redford and Lauren Hutton on the set of 1970 movie Little Fauss And Big Halsy
Muhammad Ali shows some boxing moves in a lounge
Jack Nicholson with director Roman Polanski on the set of their 1974 movie Chinatown
Actor Dustin Hoffman larks about, leaping around
Robert F Kennedy wins over members of the public during his 1968 U.S. presidential campaign
Taken in 1969, this is one of many portraits Steve Schapiro would go on to take of Barbara Streisand
Martin Luther King during his march from Selma, Alabam, to Montgomery in 1965 as part of the American civil rights movement.
Ike and Tina Turner pose before a painting of themselves at their home
Martin Scorsese with one of the guns used by Robert De Niro on the set of Taxi Driver
Float like a butterfly, sting like a Get Out Of Jail Free: Muhammad Ali with a Monopoly board
Robert De Niro during the filming of 1976 movie Taxi DriverA protestor waves the Stars and Stripes during Martin Luther King’s march in Selma in 1965
I know him from somewhere: French screen star Yves Montand is recognised as he reads Variety in Fifth Avenue, New York, in 1961
Actress Mia Farrow holds a baby
Actor Buster Keaton looks almost as grim as the moody setting as he poses against a wall
Andy Warhol is captured in several frames at a party
Dublin hippies gather
Young beggar is ignored in Prague
Child wears a poster supporting Kennedy
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