Today's post in the photography category is a fine display of iconic characters from the world of entertainment and film and is part of the extensive photographic production of legendary american photographer Steve Schapiro.

50 Year career are many. For someone go unnoticed, for someone else are spent meticulously observing the others.

In this case, I'm not talking about those who sacrificed to save lives and improve the human condition, I talk of an American photographer who portrayed politicians, actors who have made it big in film and influential personalities of our time.


In a previous article I showed you photos of Yousuf Karsh and how he interpreted the soul and the feelings of some characters of the twentieth century.

Even in the case of Schapiro we can talk about the history of photography and of course iconic photos that trace the history of a country, but not only.

Steve Schapiro was born in New York in 1934 and is especially known for valuable evidence of historical events such as the March on Washington or the March from Selma to Montgomery, but also the presidential election of Kennedy. From 1961 began his career as a freelance working with international magazines such as Time, Life, Newsweek and Vanity Fair.

“Look at the picture you’re going to take, then see how you can make it better.”


Steve Schapiro photographer of american history

In this post I want to show you some of the photos most representative of the production of Schapiro and a few faces among the most famous that exist in the world. I start with the most loved by italians and not only: Marcello Mastroianni.


Marcello mastroianni by Steve Schapiro

Marcello Mastroianni in New York, 1962.


Muhammad Ali and Yolanda Williams

Muhammad Ali and Yolanda Williams, 1963

This photograph hides a little romantic story: in 1963 Cassius Clay together with the photographer was in Louisville to visit parents in Verona Way, considering it was already a celebrity in the sports many neighborhood children went to visit him. In this picture there is only a little girl (center), called Yolanda Williams and a few years later became the wife of Muhammad Ali. Incredible.


Muhammad Ali

Muhammad Ali shows some moves in the living room of parents, 1963


Buster Keaton

Buster Keaton in New York, 1964


Sophia Loren

Sophia Loren in Italy, 1964


Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr. Selma, 1965



«Vote» Selma in Alabama, 1965


Rene Magritte

Rene Magritte at MOMA, 1965


The Worst Is Yet to Come

“The Worst Is Yet to Come”, 1966.



Kennedy in California, 1968


Robert Redford e Lauren Hutton

Robert Redford and Lauren Hutton on the set, 1970.


Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando during a makeup session for The Godfather in New York, 1971


Marlon Brando

“The Whisper” on the set of The Godfather, 1971


Barbara Streisand

Barbara Streisand, 1972


Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro on set Taxi Driver, 1975


Young beggar is ignored in Prague

Turned their back on him: young beggar ignored by passersby



A little supporter for Bob Kennedy.



Dustin Hoffman



Punk in Dublin.


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