Karen Kring, a photographer in Chicago and Skokie, was one of many shooters at the Midwest Photo Summit where Art Shay gave a talk on Sunday about his life and career. Kring tweeted:
Bunch of us are making snaps of Art Shay...though the party is over now. See you next year.
Joel Lerner, a sports shooter and photojournalist, sent live tweets from Shay's talk:
Jessica Lange, Elizabeth Taylor, Oscar Robertson and Smellovision, all from Art Shay.
Self-described "digital publishing dude" Bill Oakes had his own take on Shay's talk:
Art Shay bringing it home with stories of home made enlargers and starting his career as a Life reporter. Great stuff.
The Midwest Photo Summit is the annual confab and celebration of the Illinois Press Photographers Association. Congtratulations to Photographer of the Year award winner Scott Strazzante of The Chicago Tribune. A deep bow to Justin L. Fowler of the State Journal-Register in Springfield for winning first place in the sports photography category. (Justin, maybe you can persuade your paper to run the photos, too, with the news of the award.)
For even more inspiration, the summit brought together prominent photographers for talks and workshops. The Sunday speaker was Art Shay:
His photographs of Chicago street life gained him recognition in the magazine world. Today, his photographs are featured in art galleries, museum collections, and in the pages of books, magazines and annual reports.
Shay has published more than 75 books on various subjects. His long friendship with the writer Nelson Algren led to the publication of Shay’s Nelson Algren’s Chicago. Shay and Algren met in 1949 and collaborated on many projects, including photos and an essay for Holiday Magazine that Algren later turned into his book Chicago, City on the Make.
Shay’s autobiography is titled Album for an Age: Unconventional Words and Pictures from the 20th Century.
The scene was captured by many of the photographers in the crowd. Reports of the talk, in short bursts of text, went out to the world live, on Twitter.