Stephen Shames. Bronx Boys at Steven Kasher Gallery

Image above: Stephen Shames, Pool Jump, 1984. Courtesy of Stephen Kasher Gallery.

From October 29 to November 15 Steven Kasher Gallery is launching special exhibitions on the occasion of publications of books by different artists.

On November 6th, the gallery opened a new exhibition based on American culture and the diversity of its populations. Stephen Shames with Bronx Boys presents a collection of 123 powerful duotone photographs made from 1977 – 2000, chronicling the lives of a group of boys coming of age in what was at the time one of the toughest and poorest neighborhoods in the United States. On assignment for Look magazine, award-winning photographer Stephen Shames went to the Bronx where he began photographing the Bronx boys living on streets ravaged by poverty, drugs, violence and gangs. They bonded together and raised themselves in “crews,” adolescent families they created for protection and companionship. Shames’s empathy for the boys earned their trust and respect, and over the next two decades, as the crack cocaine epidemic devastated the neighborhood, they allowed him extraordinary access into their lives on the street and in their homes. Shames captures the brutality of the times—the fights, shootings, arrests and drug deals—that eventually left many of the young men dead or in jail. But he also records the joy and humanity of the Bronx boys, as they mature, fall in love and have children of their own.

Jose&StephenShames&MartinStephen Shames (in the middle) Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 4.36.51 PM

Stephen Shames, Tito's brother shows off his M-16, which was stolen from an army base, 1985. Courtesy of Stephen Kasher Gallery.

duplicate stephenStephen Shames, Ralph Jumps, Bronx, 1985; Stephen Shames, Boy Being Shot Up with Heroin, Bronx, 1985. Courtesy of Stephen Kasher Gallery.

Screen Shot 2014-11-11 at 4.38.22 PMStephen Shames, Claremont Boys Club House, 1977. Courtesy of Stephen Kasher Gallery.


From November 6 to November 15, 2014

515 West 26th Street, New York, NY.

Tuesday through Saturday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Photographs from the opening by Andrew Morales.

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