Julie Grahame interviewed Stephen Shames for ZOOZOOM magazine in 2007. The Aperture Foundation had just published his book “The Black Panthers” and were hosting an exhibition.
In April 1967, Shames, a college student at the University of California, Berkeley, met the Black Panthers at a rally to end the war in Vietnam. He was invited to photograph them and continued to do so until 1973. His close friendship with the Black Panthers, and Bobby Seale in particular, gave Shames unusual access to the organization. The immediacy and intimacy of Shames’s photographs offer an uncommonly nuanced portrait of this dynamic social movement, during one of the most tumultuous periods in recent U.S. history.
Thanks to Brian Winkowski.