Image Makers with Stephen Shames

Mon 08th Feb, 2010 – Mon 08th Feb, 2010

Posted by Tony Gale Photography

Stephen Shames: Photography and Social Change

APA|NY Image Makers Lecture Series

Stephen Shames: Photography and Social Change

Monday, February 8, 6:30-8 p.m.
Admission: Free (seating is limited)
*No Advance Registration is required
SoHo Apple Theater, 103 Prince St (between Mercer and Greene)

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Photography and Social Change

Stephen Shames will discuss his four decades in photography. All of his work has been about social change. Recently he went from documenting social change to actually working on it in a hands-on manner, starting an educational leadership program called L.E.A.D Uganda which locates forgotten children with innate talents and molds them into leaders. L.E.A.D Uganda finds children living on the edges of society – AIDS orphans, former child soldiers, child laborer – and gives them the world class, 21st century skills necessary to lead Africa into the future. In this very compelling and inspiring program, Steve will be showing photos from various projects throughout his career as well as photos and videos from the L.E.A.D Uganda program and the impact it is having on numerous young lives.

About Stephen Shames

Stephen Shames creates award winning photo essays on social issues for foundations, advocacy organizations, the media, and museums. Steve is author of four monographs: Outside the Dream, Pursuing the Dream, The Black Panthers (Aperture), and Transforming Lives (Star Bright Books). Shames wrote and directed two videos: Friends of the Children and Children of Northern Uganda.

Steve’s 2008 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.Steve shot the 2008 and 2009 annual appeal for United Jewish Communities.

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 has been profiled by People Magazine, CBS Sunday Morning. Esquire, US News, Ford Foundation Report, Photo District News, and American Photo (15 Most Underrated Photographers). The Ford, Charles Stewart Mott, Robert Wood Johnson, and Annie E. Casey Foundations have underwritten his work. He testified about child poverty to the US Senate; lectured at Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France; American Bar Association and Children’s Defense Fund national conferences. PBS named Hine, Wolcott, and Shames as photographers whose work promotes social change.

Awards include: Kodak Crystal Eagle for Impact in Photojournalism, Luis Valtuña Humanitarian, World Hunger Year, Leica, International Center of Photography, Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Foundation, World Press, and New York Art Director’s Club. Clients include Newsweek, People, Esquire, US News, Time; The Ford Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Long term photo projects not yet been published as books include 21st-Century Americans (portraits of multiracial Americans); The Bronx (20 year study of a drug infested neighborhood); Dads (contribution of low income fathers to their commmunities); Street Kids (Brazil, Bangladesh, India, Romania, Honduras), We Are America, (how children view America after 9/11.), and Homicide in Houston (how gun violence affects children.).
Steve started LEAD Uganda which locates forgotten children (AIDS orphans, former child soldiers, and children living in refugee camps) with innate talents and molds them into leaders by sending them to the best schools and colleges.

Steve is represented by Steven Kasher Gallery in New York for his fine art photographs and Polaris Images in New York for his photojournalism.



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