Stephen Shames at Steven Kasher Gallery
Opening at Steven Kasher Gallery in New York is an exhibition titled Childhood and Youth from world-renowned photographer and humanitarian Stephen Shames. Known for his documentary work on the Black Panthers, a long-standing theme throughout his career has been children. Serving as great inspiration for his work both in photography and humanitarian pursuits, Shames’ shares a personal connection to the youth in strife whom he often depicts, and classifies his work as cathartic.
In a sense, my photo work has always been related to fatherhood and family. I had a rough childhood due to an abusive relationship with my dad. I search through photography for what I didn’t have as a kid with my own dad; love, support, encouragement, etc. In my early work, I explored abuse and neglect. In my later work, I create a world, a family I could not have as a child. My work is a healing process for me.
Considering the powerful images captured by this award-winning photographer, it’s obvious why much of his work has been inducted into permanent collections across the country. Shames has taken action beyond mere exposure in his formation of LEAD Uganda, a foundation focused on education for AIDS orphans and child soldiers.
Be sure to check out this evocative exhibition from an artist whose altruism serves as an inspiration to all.
Stephen Shames: Childhood and Youth
January 22-February 21, 2009
Opening reception: Thursday, January 22, 2009 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Steven Kasher Gallery
521 West 23rd Street, New York