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Every once in a while the freedom struggles of gay people and black people come together and dovetail in the most compelling photographic portraits. Such are Steve Shapiro’s indelible black and white studies of James Baldwin, an incendiary intellect who wrote about living as a black gay man in racist and homophobic white America.

The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present Freedom Now, an exhibition of American Civil Rights photographs by celebrated documentary photographer Steve Schapiro. The exhibition opens in conjunction with the highly-anticipated release of Taschen’s edition of The Fire Next Time. This limited-edition publication pairs Schapiro’s photographs with two seminal James Baldwin essays, “Down at the Cross – Letters from a Region of My Mind” which tackles the relationship between race and religion, and the groundbreaking, “My Dungeon Shook – Letter to My Nephew on the One Hundredth Anniversary of Emancipation”.