Art Shay (New York 1922 – Illinois 2018), a great American photographer who for over 70 years documented his life, combining his gifts of storytelling, humor and empathy. He chronicled the famous and powerful, including nine presidents, as well as the everyday life of mid-20th-century Americans.

In more than 1,500 assignments for Life, Time, Look, Sports Illustrated and Fortune magazines, Mr. Shay photographed famous Americans like Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Muhammad Ali, Jimmy Hoffa, Senator Joseph R. McCarthy and President John F. Kennedy. He also passionately documented the streets of his adopted hometown, Chicago.

WORKS

Ice Man, 1949

ART SHAY ICE MAN, 1949 YEAR: 1949 MEDIUM: Photography MATERIAL: Archival Pigment Print  ...

Buddy Guy, 1966

ART SHAY BUDDY GUY, 1966 YEAR: 1966 MEDIUM: Photography MATERIAL: Silver Gelatin Print  ...

The Rat Pack, 1961

ART SHAY THE RAT PACK, 1961 YEAR: 1961 MEDIUM: Photography MATERIAL: Silver Gelatin Print  ...

Welcome Democrats, 1968

ART SHAY WELCOME DEMOCRATS, 1968 YEAR: 1968 MEDIUM: Photography MATERIAL: Silver Gelatin Print...

Smoking Dog, 1971

ART SHAY SMOKING DOG, 1971 YEAR: 1971 MEDIUM: Photography MATERIAL: Silver Gelatin Print  ...

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