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MARK SHAW PHOTOGRAPHY
Mark Shaw is best known for his photographs of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy, which he shot originally for LIFE magazine and later as the Kennedys’ “unofficial” family photographer. He developed a strong friendship with JFK and Jackie and regularly visited the White House during their time there. But Mark Shaw was first and foremost a fashion and advertising photographer whose freelance assignments for LIFE magazine and Vanity Fair had him photographing some of the most notable celebrities of the 1950′s.
The celebrities Mark Shaw photographed include: Pablo Picasso, Audrey Hepburn, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Jackie Gleason, Danny Kaye, Cary Grant, Yves St. Laurent, Lee Radziwill, Nico of the Velvet Underground, and Coco Chanel.
After working in still photographic film for over 20 years, Shaw embraced a new challenge, by 1965 Shaw was an award winning film director filming commercials for television and working as a photographic consultant to film directors, until his untimely death in 1969 at the age of 47. After his death, most of his work was hastily put into storage. All but a small number of photographs remained unseen for over 40 years. In 1996 Shaw’s only child, David Shaw, and David’s wife, Juliet Cuming, founded The Mark Shaw Photographic Archive.
Mark Shaw’s photographs can be found in the collections of many prominent collectors. Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Aniston, and Martha Stewart are among the well known figures who own his vintage or posthumous prints.