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The MCA Store Presents: Steve Schapiro: Then and Now

Tue, Jul 9, 2013, 6–8 pm

Join us for this book launch and informal conversation with Chicago legend Steve Schapiro. Schapiro is a distinguished journalistic photographer whose pictures have graced the covers of Vanity Fair, Time, Sports Illustrated, Life, Look, Paris Match, and People. Born in 1934, Schapiro is also the photographer behind countless now-classic portraits of rock stars, film stars, and politicians from the 1960s and 70s. He has worked as a film set photographer on more than 200 Hollywood movies; he has designed several iconic film posters, most notably for Midnight Cowboy, Taxi Driver, and The Godfather Part III; and as a documentary photographer, he recorded the political tumult of the 1960s and 1970s, in photo essays on narcotics addiction, civil rights protests, and presidential campaigns. Native Chicagoan, Rick Kogan leads this informal discussion.

Steve Schapiro’s half-century career includes definitive portraits of the stars as never before seen: Robert De Niro, in full Taxi Driver combat costume, posed in front of his cab with Mohican and an improbably chirpy smile; Jack Nicolson, nose bandaged, tongue out at the camera on the set of Chinatown; Marlon Brando, grinning with theatrical devilishness while being made up for The Godfather. Schapiro’s work is represented in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, and the High Museum of Art.

Rick Kogan has worked for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times, and the Chicago Tribune, where he is currently a senior writer and columnist. Kogan was named Chicago’s Best Reporter in 1999 and was inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003. Kogan has been an on-air reporter/critic for WBBM and his radio shows include “Afternoon Shift” on WBEZ-91.5FM; and WGN’s “Sunday Papers with Rick Kogan.” He has published extensively including Sidewalks I and Sidewalks II, collections of his columns embellished by the work of photographer Charles Osgood.

A book signing follows the conversation.