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Steve Schapiro (born 1934 in New York) is an American photojournalist who captured the most important social events of the 1960s and 1970s. He is also famous for his film set photos (e.g. of the legendary movies The Godfather and Taxi Driver).

Steve Schapiro Biography

Steve Schapiro discovered his passion for photography at the age of nine. Soon he decided to devote himself to photojournalism. One of his role models at the time was the renowned French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson, the “father” of photojournalism.

Steve Shapiro took lessons with William Eugene Smith, a very influential photographer during the Second World War. Smith taught him the necessary technical skills and showed him how to develop his own views of the world and of photography. Schapiro’s work clearly reflects the influence of his teacher.

In 1961 Schapiro started working as a freelance photographer. His photos were published in famous international magazines such as Life, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, Newsweek, Time and Paris Match.

The political, cultural and social changes of the 1960s in the United States were a great inspiration for Schapiro. He accompanied Robert Kennedy during his presidential campaign and captured key moments of the Civil Rights Movement such as the March on Washington or the Selma to Montgomery March. Schapiro not only showed his talent in the fields of photojournalism and documentation, but also turned into a real activist. This is, for instance, clearly visible in his way of documenting the hard lives of immigrant workers from Arkansas he dealt with in 1961.

In the 1970s, Steve Schapiro focused more on film set photos. Having taken extraordinary film set photos of Midnight Cowboy (1968), among them also a famous one of Dustin Hoffman, he was hired as a photographer by Paramount Pictures. Projects like the movie The Godfather by Francis Ford Coppola, one of the most important representatives of the “New Hollywood”, brought out the best of Schapiro. The star-studded cast consisting of actors like Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall inspired him to take stunning photos. He captured unforgettable moments like “Marlon Brando and the Cat”.

Schapiro was also present at the film set of Chinatown (1974), Roman Polanski’s homage to the “film noir”. Two years later, Schapiro was – by request of Robert De Niro – hired as a photographer of the film set of Martin Scorsese’s movie Taxi Driver, one of the most iconic films of the American cinema of the 1970s.

Steve Schapiro captured key moments of modern American history with his photos that also reflect his own social and human awareness. His name has become a reference in the field of photojournalism.

Style

Schapiro’s photos always have a human and empathetic touch. They show how much he identifies with the social, political and cultural problems of his time. The artistic impact of his “master” William Eugene Smith is very obvious in Schapiro’s work.

Bibliography

Steve Schapiro, Steve Schapiro: American Edge, Arena, 2000.
Steve Schapiro, Schapiro’s Heroes, powerHouse Books, 2007.
Paul Duncan (ed.), Steve Schapiro, The Godfather Family Album, Taschen, 2010.
Lonnie Ali, Matthias Harder, Steve Schapiro, Steve Schapiro: Then and Now, Hatje Cantz, 2012.
Paul Duncan (ed.), Steve Schapiro, Taxi Driver, Taschen, 2013.

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Beckett Looking At Film
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather - DeNiro Pacino
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather - The Whisper (b&w)
by Steve Schapiro

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Hullabaloo with Chuck Berry
by Steve Schapiro

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Midnight Cowboy
by Steve Schapiro

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Sophia Loren
by Steve Schapiro

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Three Men, New York, 1961
by Steve Schapiro

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Vote
by Steve Schapiro

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Warhol under silver cloud balloon
by Steve Schapiro

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White Women
by Steve Schapiro

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Woddy Allen and Ant
by Steve Schapiro

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Woody Allen with Boob
by Steve Schapiro

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Selma March-Montgomery
by Steve Schapiro

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Two Men and a Girl
by Steve Schapiro

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Ali - kids punching
by Steve Schapiro

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Angel in the Woods Final
by Steve Schapiro

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Barbra Profile
by Steve Schapiro

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First Communion
by Steve Schapiro

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Ali - Hands
by Steve Schapiro

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Boy on ground with flag Selma
by Steve Schapiro

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It's Hell Without Money
by Steve Schapiro

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Just Divorced
by Steve Schapiro

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Marcello Mastroianni
by Steve Schapiro

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Migrants at the Bean Truck
by Steve Schapiro

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MLK March
by Steve Schapiro

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Ray Charles In Board Room
by Steve Schapiro

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Redford and Hutton
by Steve Schapiro

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Truman Capote in Bed
by Steve Schapiro

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Warhol Entourages
by Steve Schapiro

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Warhol, Nico, and the Velvet Underground
by Steve Schapiro

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Worst is yet to come
by Steve Schapiro

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Yves Montand on Fifth Avenue
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver - Jodie Crossing the Street
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "De Niro - Cab Graffitis"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "De Niro - The Look"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "Travis Bickle"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver Harvey Keitel
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "De Niro - Mohawk Portrait"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "Scorsese in Back of De Niro's Cab"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "Bobby and Cab"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "Scorsese - Gun & Grapes"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "De Niro - Contact Sheet"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "The Mirror"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "Travis at Home"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "Travis at Night"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "De Niro - The Cab"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "De Niro - Gun" CU
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "De Niro - Are you talkin' to me"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "Jodie at the Hotel"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "Night Time"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "Mug Shot"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "The Bloody Finger"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver "In the Street"
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #1
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #2
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #3
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #4
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #5
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #6
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #7
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #8
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #9
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #10
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #11
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #12
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #13
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #14
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #15
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #16
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #17
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #18
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #19
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #20
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #21
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #22
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #23
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #24
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #25
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #26
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #27
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #28
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #29
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #30
by Steve Schapiro

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Taxi Driver #31
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "The Sun Room" B&W
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Pacino - De Niro"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "The Whisper"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Brando & the Cat"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Homage"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "The Whisper 1" color
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "De Niro with Flaming Gun"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "The Sun Room"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Pacino Portrait with Hands"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Genco Importing"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Brando at Family Meeting"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "The Make up Room"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Brando Waving to the Crowd"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "De Niro - Sicily"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "De Niro - The Fire"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Brando & Pacino in the Garden"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Pacino - Portrait Cuba"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Brando & the Cat" color
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "The New Don"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "Pacino Portrait (side)" color
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather "The Piano"
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #1
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #2
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #3
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #4
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #5
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #6
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #7
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #8
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #9
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #10
by Steve Schapiro

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The Godfather #11
by Steve Schapiro