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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Art Shay  

Pen Name: None


Born: in Bronx, New York


Illinois Connection

Art lives in Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Mr Shay has published some 60 books since coming to Illinois in 1948. A great friend of the famous Illinois writer Nelson Algren. He completed two books on his friend and their shared love of Chicago - ''Chicago's Nelson Algren''. Art worked first as a reporter where he had a weekly column in various papers and then as a photographer for numerous publications. He has published over 10,000 photographs in magazines including ''Life'', ''Fortune'' and ''Sports Illustrated.'' He has also written a play, ''Where Have You Gone, Jimmy Stewart'' that was produced by Chicago’s American Theater Company (ATC) in 2002 and also published several books on photography and sports.Shay also wrote a terrific autobiography "Album for an Age" and published two coffee table books with the University of Illinois press titled "Couples" and "Animals."

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-- He has won some 20 Art Director Awards for distinguished photography.