The American Writers Museum celebrates American writers through innovative, state-of-the-art exhibitions and compelling programming.
From October 27 through the spring of 2018, the Meijer Gallery features "Capturing Stories," a collection of American writers' portraits by award-winning photojournalist Art Shay, the author of nearly 70 books.
But Shay started his career as a reporter, and he shot with a writer's eye. His images are stories just waiting to be told. It’s not surprising that he captures the literary world with such unusual sensitivity and insight, from the clarity in the eyes of Gwendolyn Brooks and the weary look of an aging Ernest Hemingway, to Allen Ginsberg teaching a rapt crowd in Grant Park during the 1968 Democratic Convention. A world-class street photographer, Shay wondered countless miles through the 1950s, exploring Chicago with author and close friend Nelson Algren.
On October 29, 2017, Shay joined Gordon Parks, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and William Klein as a winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lucie Foundation. The honor celebrates master photographers and their contributions to the field.
Get inspired as you explore this exhibit, and take a minute to add your own photo captions, inspired by Art Shay's memorable images.