Through Feb. 25, the Stephen Daiter Gallery at 230 West Superior in Chicago is exhibiting a group of black-and-white photos, including the image titled Skid Row (above), that capture a core period in Art Shay's career.
A few works by some of Shay's contemporaries are also on view in the exhibit, called "Art Shay and the Documenting of Mid-Century America."
At the opening on Friday, Shay was there greeting fans old and new. Many had heard Shay tell stories from decades of assignments for top magazines and corporations. His most recent stop, giving a presentation and slideshow at the Apple Store on the Near North side, drew enough fans shooting their own photos that Chicagoist put together this Thank you, Art Shay montage.
At one point, while Art Shay sat to sign autographs (in shadow, below), his wife, the rare book dealer Florence Shay, visited with a grandson, Seth Lavin, and great-grandson, Moses. (family photo by Richard Shay)