Brooklyn, NY, United States
Steven Kasher Gallery, New York
Stephen Shames is author of nine monographs: Bronx Boys (University of Texas Press - Oct, 2014); Outside the Dream, Pursuing the Dream, The Black Panthers (Aperture), Bronx Boys (FotoEvidence e-book) Facing Race (Moravian College), Transforming Lives (Star Bright Books), and Free to Grow (Columbia University).
Steve’s images are in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery; International Center of Photography; The Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley; The Corcoran Gallery of Art; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Jose Art Museum; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Ford Foundation; Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Baruch College; Oakland Museum; University Art Museum, Berkeley, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Elton John Foundation, and the Honickman Foundation.
Steve’s two solo shows at the Steven Kasher Gallery, New York were reviewed by The New Yorker. Art projects include Interrupted Lives, an installation piece about an incarcerated woman and her daughter.
Steve’s book Outside the Dream received numerous awards including the Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Excellence in Photojournalism. 008 bus shelter and subway ads for the NYC DADS campaign of the City of New York received a Pollie award from American Association of Political Consultants. Shames wrote and directed Friends of the Children, a video.
For over two decades, Stephen Shames injected himself into the mean streets of the South Bronx and made pictures about the kind of life that he saw there— unflinching yet intimate, straight-shooting yet sensitive, objectively powerful but also full of personal emotion—this is a beautiful book.
The world has an estimated 150 million street children. Many of them fall victim to violence, abuse, and are unable to attend school or learn a trade — here are 40 portraits from five continents.