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Vichy : Stephen Shames, Power to the people


During the years 1960/70, Stephen Shames was the loyal chronicler of the “Black Panther Party”, the African-American emancipation movement that invented some radical forms of opposition. Faithful fellow traveler of the movement, during seven years Stephen Shames produced images that retraced the daily lives of a people on the move: debates, clothing and food distributions, protest demonstrations, confrontations, funerals… After that, for twenty years, Stephen Shames documented life in the Bronx. At the beginning of the 1980s he produced series on violence, insecurity and prison life, particularly among minors. His reportage brings out a brutal and fraternal energy and is part of the great tradition of committed photography in the United States. A project of The Red Eye (François Cheval – Audrey Hoareau), co-produced with the Musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône and the Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau in Gentilly.

Stephen Shames, Power to the people
Fifth edition of the Portrait(s) festival
The City of Vichy’s photographic rendezvous
From 16th June to 10th September 2017
Valéry-Larbaud Culturel Centre and other locations in the city

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