Chicago photographer to appear at museum

Photo provided by the artist/Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New YorkEllen Carey’s ‘PushPins’ is a chromogenic photogram (with holes).
Photo provided by the artist/Jayne H. Baum Gallery, New YorkEllen Carey’s ‘PushPins’ is a chromogenic photogram (with holes).

The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 N. Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, will welcome photojournalist and author Steve Schapiro at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 12, for a talk, book signing and wine and cheese reception with music by the River Road Jazz Quartet.

The program, “An Evening with Photojournalist Steve Schapiro: Capturing Images of America’s 20th Century Heroes,” will coincide with the museum’s new exhibition, Heroes: Photographs by Steve Schapiro, which runs through Sunday, June 9, and features Schapiro’s landmark photographs.

Schapiro will be visiting the museum in Port Allen from Chicago to share his stories of meeting and photographing some of America’s most interesting personalities.

Guests will be able to meet Schapiro and purchase copies of his new book, Steve Schapiro: Then and Now, which he will be available to sign.

Schapiro’s work spans five decades and includes dramatic images of the Civil Rights Movement as he followed marches led by Martin Luther King Jr.

It also includes archetypal images of several groundbreaking and influential personalities, actors, newsmakers and thinkers of the mid-20th century.

Schapiro was a leading photographer for Life Magazine and for Hollywood. His striking portraits, from Robert Kennedy to Muhammad Ali, Andy Warhol, Marlon Brando, Barbara Streisand and James Baldwin fill the exhibition and his books with a sense of the depth and breadth of Schapiro’s extraordinary life in photography.

The program is free.

For more information, call (225) 336-2422, ext. 15, or visit http://www.westbatonrougemuseum.com.

West Baton Rouge Museum