Praise for Art Shay's photographs: "The work is journalistic but with a poetic edge. They could exist as
journalistic documents or as art." -- from the blog 5B4 and an essay about the catalog published by the Stephen Daiter Gallery in conjunction with the gallery's Art Shay exhibit.
Their most recent title is Art Shay: Chicago Accent. Shay was a writer for Life and Time magazines and would write text and captions for photographers like Alfred Eisenstaedt, Wallace Kirkland and Francis Miller. Around 1948, he moved to Chicago and started taking photographs full time. He often collaborated on projects with the writer Nelson Algren who was best known for his book The Man With the Golden Arm.