Art Shay

American photographer, playwright, writer and United States Army officer

Art Shay (March 31, 1922 – April 28, 2018) was an American photographer and writer. He was born in The Bronx, New York, but spent most of his life in Chicago. Shay's 2000 autobiography is titled Album for an Age: Unconventional Words and Pictures from the 20th Century. In 2002, the American Theater Company in Chicago staged Shay's autobiographical play, Where Have You Gone, Jimmy Stewart?, directed by Mike Nussbaum.[1]

Art Shay
Art Shay Photographer 2000.jpg
Born(1922-03-31)March 31, 1922
DiedApril 28, 2018(2018-04-28) (aged 96)
Notable work
Nelson Algren's Chicago, Couples, Animals

Shay died in April 2018 at the age of 96 in Deerfield, Illinois from heart failure.[2]


  1. "Season 18". American Theater Company. Retrieved 1 December 2016.
  2. Playboy illustrator Art Paul, 93, and photographer Art Shay, 96, have died — both giants of 20th century Chicago

Other websitesEdit

  • Page on Art Shay at
  • [1] Collection of links and reviews of Art Shay's work
  • Stephen Daiter Gallery, artist listing [2] work of Art Shay
  • Report: Photographer Art Shay hired to document Corgan, Pumpkins [3]
  • Photojournalist: Art Shay - WTTW - Aired February 10, 2010 [4]