Amherst Magazine

Schapiro's Heroes

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The coffee table book Schapiro’s Heroes, by photographer Steve Schapiro ’65, features behind-the-scenes images of Robert F. Kennedy (left), James Baldwin (right), Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr., Truman Capote, Andy Warhol, Barbra Streisand, Ray Charles, Samuel Beckett and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. Schapiro writes that, after reading a New Yorker essay by Baldwin on the state of blacks in America, “I asked Life magazine if I could do a long photo-essay with him. He and they agreed, and I started traveling with Jimmy wherever he would go.” The book’s introduction is by David Friend ’77.