Stephen Shames creates award winning photo essays on social issues for foundations, advocacy organizations, the media, and museums.
Steve’s images are in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery; International Center of Photography; The Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley; The Corcoran Gallery of Art; Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Jose Art Museum; Philadelphia Museum of Art; The Ford Foundation; Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Baruch College; Oakland Museum; University Art Museum, Berkeley, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Elton John Foundation, and the Honickman Foundation. Steve’s two solo shows at the Steven Kasher Gallery, New York were reviewed by The New Yorker. Art projects include Interrupted Lives, an installation piece about an incarcerated woman and her daughter.
Steve has been profiled by People Magazine, CBS Sunday Morning. Esquire, US News, Ford Foundation Report, Photo District News, and American Photo (15 Most Underrated Photographers). The Ford, Charles Stewart Mott, Robert Wood Johnson, and Annie E. Casey Foundations have underwritten his work. He testified about child poverty to the US Senate; lectured at Visa Pour L’Image, Perpignan, France; American Bar Association and Children’s Defense Fund national conferences. PBS named Hine, Wolcott, and Shames as photographers whose work promotes social change.