Art Shay’s life is the stuff of movies. As a WWII vet he flew fifty-three combat missions, serving on the squadron led by famous actor and war hero, Jimmy Stewart. After the war he joined Life Magazine as a staff reporter and would eventually become one of America’s leading photojournalists. His pictures appeared in Life, Time, Look, Ebony Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune among many others.
Art Shay photographed movie stars, writers, musicians, politicians, and gangsters. Art shay’s camera caught America in a time of revolution, marked by protests and peace rallies—but he did not overlook regular people living everyday lives—often zeroing in on moments of great humor.
And now at the age of 94 Art Shay has his foot on the “gas pedal”—A movie of his life/work is set to release by 2017. A book is in the works to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Chicago Democratic Convention featuring protest and peace rally photographs. On June 3, 2016, Ann Nathan Gallery will open an exhibition featuring Art Shay’s photographs including some one-of-a-kind vintage shots gathered from his career, and spanning over 70 years.