Stephen Shames, Demonstration in front of the New Haven County Courthouse during Bobby Seale, Ericka Huggins trial, May 1st 1970 © Stephen Shames / Steven Kasher Gallery
Stephen Shames, Panthers on Parade, Oakland, July 28th 1968 © Stephen Shames / Steven Kasher Gallery
Stephen Shames, George Jackson funeral at St. Augustine’s Church in Oakland, August 28th 1971 © Stephen Shames / Steven Kasher Gallery
- Stephen Shames
- Born in 1947 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In April 1967, while a student at the University of California, Berkeley, Stephen Shames succeeded in photographing Bobby Seal, co-founder and leader of the Black Panthers, whom he had met at an anti-war protest against the Vietnam War. Between 1967 and 1973, he documented various official and informal activities of the Panthers as their appointed photographer. In 1986, he testified before the United States Senate on child poverty, and he later founded LEAD Uganda, an NGO in Africa that provides support for children living in poverty, such AIDS orphans and former child soldiers. In 2010, he was named a Purpose Prize Fellow by Encore.org for his humanitarian work.