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About the Author

STEPHEN SHAMES is author of seven previous books, including Outside the Dream: Child Poverty in America, which won the Kodak Crystal Eagle Award for Impact in Photojournalism, and The Black Panthers. His images are in the permanent collections of the International Center of Photography, the National Portrait Gallery, the Museum of Photographic Arts, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Shames has been profiled by People magazine, CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, Esquire, US News, NPR, the Wall Street Journal, Time, and Photo District News. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (October 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292759428
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292759428
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #462,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Lewis VINE VOICE on April 24, 2016
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I'm an avid collector of New York City street photography,always on the look-out for collections that capture the evolving character of the city over the decades.It so happens that this collection by Stephen Shames is set in the part of the Bronx where I've lived for many years now, though as it was about thirty, during the height (or depths) of the crack epidemic of the 1980s, when the south Bronx became the international symbol of American urban decay. The area no longer looks as it did when Shames took these pictures, though the continuity from then to now is unmistakable. I must say that to my eye, Shames' pictures don't have quite the vitality of Arthur Leipzig's New York street photography of the 1940s and 50s, which I take as the hallmark of the genre and the standard by which all others must be measured. Still, Shames does capture something endearing in many of these images -- despite the back-drop of blight in so many of these pictures there is a human warmth and intimacy between the individuals he captures here. This is not the case in every single photo, of course. There are street fights, youths led out in handcuffs by cops, and pictures of crack being bagged up, too. But when I see the young men and women who are the main subjects of this collection among their friends and family members, I am reminded of that we all crave and seek to create love, friendship, community and sociability, even when abandoned and left for dead by the larger society as were the people of this neighborhood "back in the day." I'm glad I've added it to my collection documenting the life of this city.
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It was a gift for a friend who's brothers happen to be pictured in the book. He was overjoyed with Bronx Boys, I wish I have gotten an edition for myself!
If you want to see what life was & is like for the boys who live in disadvantaged areas, Bronx Boys is a very good book. It's stories are engaging and the photography is excellent.
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The only thing I want is the story behind some of the pics. There is a street kid with lousy tats looks like he's 11 and an older kid is holding his arm while he shoots dope in the 11year old kids arm!!! There are happy moments too of course,kids playing, young lovers kissing,cops shutting down the fire hydrant pissing off the kids This IS those bronx stories you'd hear about. The book leaves you wanting more of everything that you just saw. That is what a good photographer does. Buy this book, you won't put it down.
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