Shapiro's photography gallery on display through September 5 The University of South Dakota University Art Galleries is presenting Michael Shapiro's photography exhibit "Pine Ridge: The Cycle" in Gallery 110 of the Warren M. Lee Center for the Fine Arts through Sept. 5.
Shapiro, a long-time South Dakota resident and photographer, took the 35 black and white photos during a visit to Pine Ridge in the summer of 2000. The exhibit explores perspectives of reservation life, including the life cycle, future potential and alcohol issues facing the community.
"Pine Ridge: The Cycle" is Shapiro's first South Dakota series on exhibit. He began his study of photography in the 1960s and has worked within the arts as a photographer, writer and educator since 1983.
Shapiro's other works include "The Inuit: On Top of the World" and "Habitat for Humanity." Shapiro has said that photography allows him to combine the creative process with the exposure and definition of social ills.
The exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment.