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Mathias Depardon Interrupts His Hunger Strike

The French photo-journalist Mathias Depardon, arrested on 8 May in a report for National Geographic,...

Multiple Art Days opens this weekend at La Maison Rouge

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Behind the scenes : Fall in Deep by Elsa & Johanna

The duo of photographers Elsa Parra & Johanna Benaïnous have recently produced the videoclip F...
Stanley Greene, Paris, 1994 © Bernard Plossu
Stanley Greene, Paris, 1994 © Bernard Plossu

For twenty years, Stephen Shames has been taking pictures of children and adolescents in one of New York’s most stigmatized neighborhoods, The Bronx. The first pictures were commissioned in 1977 by Look magazine. Little did Shames realize then that he would become so involved with the young population living above 125th street that he would continue to return for two decades, capturing fragments of life on these neglected city streets. Through his pictures, Shames takes readers inside the crack cocaine epidemic that devastated their community and includes a powerful first person narrative by survivor Martin Dones, one of the young men Shames followed. The series is now being featured in one of the world’s first electronic art books, Bronx Boys, published by Foto Evidence who uses photography to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on sovereignty or human dignity wherever they may occur.

Jonas Cuénin

Bronx Boys, chez Foto Evidence
265 pages, 20$

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Bronx Boys (1997-2000) by Stephen Shames

Bronx Boys (University of Texas Press, Fall 2014) presents a collection of 123 powerful duotone photographs made by Stephen Shames from 1977-2000 that chronicles the lives of these kids growing up in the Bronx. Shames captures the brutality of the times— the fights, shootin...

Stephen Shames and Bobby Seale, Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers

Stephen Shames’s book, which complements the exhibition at the Steven Kasher Gallery, is not a photobook; it’s a book about the history of the Black Panther Party accompanied by photographs. The nuance is a question of scale: as a scholar who writes history with images, the p...

Stephen Shames, Power to the People: The Black Panthers in Photographs

1970: a young black protester, seated on top of a statue outside the New Haven, CT, Courthouse shouts as he raises his fist in the air. This iconic image brings to mind the gloved fists of the American athletes John Carlos and Tommie Smith raised in black power salute at the 1968...