My Florence
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My Florence

Art Shay

"Florence Shay was a force to be reckoned with, a marvelous, witty, beautiful and well-read lady whose husband Art loved her very much and took some pictures of her that pierce my heart: there she is, glorious Florence. I miss her (and her book shop, too). Art Shay's photographs bring us into their family, so immediately and warmly that it is a little shocking and quite wonderful." -- Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler's Wife


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, Art Shay is famous for immortalizing some of America's most compelling 20th century figures, including John F. Kennedy Jr., 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.

About Art Shay

After flying fifty-three combat missions in World War II, ART 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 LifeTimeFortune, and Sports Illustrated among many other magazines. Several have been singled out as among the most enduring American photographs ever taken.