This past Wednesday I was given an incredible opportunity to meet the legendary photographer Howard Schatz. As a photographer myself the honor was all mine to meet Schatz and his partner Beverly Ornstein at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, the site of many photographs from his newly release book At the Fights: Inside the World of Professional Boxing.
Most likely you have come across at least one of Schatz’ photographs in an art gallery, museum or advertisement and simply had no idea. His work is internationally acclaimed and as a New Yorker he also has left his mark on the city. His photographs of the American Ballet Theater, Alvin Ailey, Pacquiao vs Mosely, Adidas are all over the city and I am sure some of these have left you momentarily captured by his unique style. Schatz’s photography is exhibits the beauty and athleticism of the human body in a way I have never seen.
His abound of accolades and fame leaves a budding photographer incredibly intimated however, Schatz’s warmth, kindess would put anyone at ease. The video shoot and interview with Toure and Schatz was an incredible experience to be apart of, in addition to the fact that I even got to talk a little photography with the legend himself! I look forward to the interview Toure conducted with Schatz, which you can catch on The Cycle. Until then I humbly leave you with some of my work from the shoot at Gleason’s Gym.