Art Shay, in conversation with Rick Kogan and Tony Fitzpatrick, discusses his new book titled My Florence: A 70-Year Love Story.
My Florence is a collection of striking moments drawn from the shared life of renowned Chicago photojournalist Art Shay and his beloved wife, Florence. By turns casual and glamorous, pensive and humorous, the photographs start the day Art and Florence met in 1942, as 20-year-old camp counselors in the Catskill Mountains, and continue for seven decades.
A former LIFE, Fortune, Time, and Sports Illustrator photographer, Shay is famous for immortalizing some of America's most compelling 20th century figures, including John F. Kennedy, Muhammad Ali, and Eleanor Roosevelt. But his beloved wife Florence was Shay's constant beat. The result is a story that runs deep and reads as a call to joy and source of inspiration for lovers, family, friends, and the photographer in us all.
After flying fifty-three combat missions in World War II, Shay joined Life magazine as a staff reporter before leaving in 1951 to become one of American's leading photojournalists. His pictures regularly appeared in Life, Time, Fortune, and Sports Illustrated among many other magazines. Several have been singled out as among the most enduring American photographs ever taken.