Without Realizing It, You’ve Seen Art Shay’s Work for Decades, but You Haven’t Seen His Most Treasured Photography. Until Now.

Art Shay spent decades photographing some of the most famous people and events of the 20th century for Life magazine. But there’s one person you’ve never seen in his shots, and she is more important than all the rest put together.

Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen the incredible work of Art Shay. Shay spent decades photographing some of the most famous people and events of the 20th century for Life magazine, meeting Ernest Hemingway, Martin Luther King Jr, Eleanor Roosevelt and more. But there’s one person you’ve never seen in his shots, and she is more important than all the rest put together. From private moments to public galas, Art’s Leica camera would almost flawlessly locate his wife Florence. See their sixty-seven year story of love and marriage told through Art’s incredible vision in the video below.

Art’s photography of Florence is on display at Columbia College’s Musuem of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.