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Stephen Shames

BIOGRAPHY

Stephen Shames (1947)


Stephen Shames has worked as a photojournalist for over forty-five years, using his photography to raise awareness of social issues, with a particular focus on race and child poverty. Working to promote social change, Shames had documented


From 1967 to 1973, while still a student at University of California, Berkley, Shames had unprecedented access to the legendary Black Panther Party. The Party, revered by some and vilified by others, burst onto the scene with a revolutionary agenda for social change and the empowerment of African-Americans.


Shames captured not only the public face of The Black Panther Party — street demonstrations, protests, and militant posturing — but also unscripted behind-the-scenes moments, such as private meetings held in the Party headquarters, scenes from the Panther schools and free meal programs, Huey P. Newton at home, and Bobby Seale at work on his mayoral campaign in Oakland. 


Shames creates award-winning photo essays on social issues for magazines, books, foundations, advocacy organizations, and museums, and in 1986 he testified about child poverty to the United States Senate. His foundation, LEAD Uganda, locates forgotten children, helps foster their innate talents, and molds them into leaders. In 2010 Shames was named a Purpose Prize Fellow for his work helping these AIDs orphans, former child soldiers, and children living in refugee camps


 


Selected Solo Exhibitions:


2009      


Photography & Social Change – Pingyao International Photo Festival, Pingyao, China


Childhood & Youth – Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City


The Black Panthers – De Paul University, Chicago, and other sites


 


2008      


Photography & Social Change – Pingyao International Photo Festival, Pingyao, China


Childhood & Youth – Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City


The Black Panthers – De Paul University, Chicago, and other sites


NYC DADS – Human Resources Administration, New York City


Uganda: Forgotten Children – Clifford Chance law firm, New York City


Uganda: Forgotten Children (Small Survivors) – Gershman Y Galleries, Philadelphia


Facing Race: Multiracial Amers – Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


Emory Douglas & The Art of Revolution – Urbis, Manchester, United Kingdom


Dads – John Jay College, Office of the President, New York City


Human History of the Bay ­­– Oakland Museum – Installation at the Oakland Airport


 


2007      


Black Panthers – Aperture, New York City, Traveling Exhibit


Black Panthers – Vintage Prints – Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City


Uganda: Forgotten Children – Steven Kasher Gallery, New York City


Uganda: Forgotten Children – Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, New York


 


2006      


Black Panthers – Asian Resource Center, Oakland


Black Panthers – Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University


 


2005      


Dads – Open Society Institute, New York City and Washington D.C.


  


1993      


Outside the Dream: Child Poverty in America – International Center of Photography, New York City


               


 


Selected Group Exhibitions:


2009      


Posing Beauty – New York University, New York City


Danses noires, Blanche Amérique (Dancing Black Across Modern America) – Centre National de la Danse, Pantin Cedex, France


 


2008      


Thy Brother’s Keeper – Alternative Museum, New York, Kulturverein Zehnscheuer, Germany


               


2007      


Only Human – Academy of Art University, San Francisco, Traveling show


Interrupted Life – Birmingham Civil Rights Institute            


 


2006      


Interrupted Life – Traveling exhibit California Institute for Women, Chino; UC, Santa Cruz


Humanity – Traveling exhibit


 


2005      


Whole World is Rotten – Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City.


 


 


 


Awards:


2010       Purpose Prize Fellow for work with children in Africa


2005       Luis Valtuña Humanitarian Award


2003       Knight International Press Fellowship


2001       Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship


1999       EZ / EC Foundation Consortium


1994       The Ford Foundation Grant


                Charles Stewart Mott Foundation


                Eastman Kodak Grant


                Canon USA Grant


                Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Fellowship


1992       NPPA Nikon Documentary Sabbatical Grant


1987       Homeless in America Photographic Project


1985       Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellowship 


 


Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism            


World Hunger Year


International Center of Photography


Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Foundation Award


World Press


New York Art Director’s Club Gold Medal


Leica Medal of Excellence in Photojournalism (3 times)


International Center of Photography (Special Recognition)


Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards (2nd & 3rd)


New York Art Director’s Club, (Gold)


Gordon Parks (twice)


Rochester Film Festival.


W. Eugene Smith Grant finalist (twice),


Open Society finalist


Canon Photo Essay, Judges Special Recognition


Society of Newspaper Design (Silver, 2 times)


Society of Publication Designers – Annual


American Photography – Annual (2 times)


Communication Arts – Photography Annual (2 times)


FotoFest Publishing Conference – 2nd Place


NPPA, Pictures of the Year (many times)


NPPA, Newspaper Photographer of the Year – Award of Excellence


The Villers Foundation


American Association of Political Consultants – Pollie Award (silver) for NYC DADS campaign.


 


Collections:


International Center of Photography, New York City 


National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.


Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego


University of California’s Bancroft Library, Berkley


San Jose Museum of Art


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


 


Selected Publications:


Bronx Boys published by FotoEvidence (2011)


Transforming Lives: Turning Uganda’s Forgotten Children into Leaders published by Star Bright (2009)


The Black Panthers published by Aperture (2006)


Pursuing the Dream: What Helps Children and Their Families Succeed published by Aperture (1997)


Outside the Dream: Child Poverty in America published by Aperture (1991)