Mark Shaw

you’re probably familiar with the work of fashion & celebrity photographer Mark Shaw, who was especially well known for his collection of photographs of the Kennedys. he shot over 100 stories in his 16 year career with LIFE magazine in the 1950s & 60s, and was one of the first photographers who documented backstage fashion at couture shows like Balmain and Balenciaga. if you’re feeling flush you can buy limited edition original prints of his work from the Andrew Wilder gallery. Here are some of my favourite stories he covered.

Audrey Hepburn

Portraits for LIFE Magazine of Hepburn while filming Sabrina. This entire shoot had lingered forgotten for more than fifty years in a box at the home of Mark’s first wife and were rediscovered in 2008. Initially Audrey Hepburn did all she could to avoid Mark Shaw’s cameras. When she realized they shared intense devotion to their work, she began to treat him like a member of the family.

Jackie Kennedy & family

These images were taken for an assignment from LIFE magazine about Jackie Kennedy which ran in 1959 while JFK was making his White House run. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s Mark Shaw worked extensively as the “unoffical” family photographer to Jackie and John F. Kennedy.

Coco Chanel

Chanel was quoted at the time as saying that “Shaw had crept as close to her as anyone is likely to get with their LEICA on”. Shaw’s informal, grainy, black and white images of Chanel were captured using an unobtrusive 35 mm camera and film processing methods that enabled him to eliminate all other photographic equipment. The result is a highly personal and intimate look into a day in the life of this iconic woman.

Various artists – PicassoChagall, Fernand Leger & Miro

backstage at Balmain, 1954

various fashion editorials photographed in St. Tropez, Paris, Portofino


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26 Responses to Mark Shaw

  1. Gina Monday 1 October, 2012 at 1:11 pm #

    Wow, what a contribution that man made. Thanks for this post!

  2. thecitygourmand Monday 1 October, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    Up until now, I had not known about Shaw’s work. These women were all so elegant and captured so perfectly!

  3. Laura Bear Monday 1 October, 2012 at 2:54 pm #

    Wow these are so beautiful!

  4. samantha hahn Monday 1 October, 2012 at 9:20 pm #

    incredible. So captivating.

  5. Luisa C Monday 1 October, 2012 at 9:48 pm #

    These are so amazing! Shaw must have been one extremely charming individual.

  6. Charlene Monday 1 October, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Really enjoyed this post! What a legend photographer plus legendary ladies- thank you

  7. Carly Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 1:21 am #

    This is a beautifully curated bunch of photos. Thank you!

  8. Mariah Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 1:24 am #

    Love love love this post. So good!

  9. gussie Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    awesome! seeing audrey hepburn not as holly golightly is always refreshing

  10. wmbg Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    audrey hepburn really can do no wrong. what a fabulous life mr. shaw has led..

  11. Thea Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 9:36 am #

    What an amazing life, and an amazing eye. Those ones of Audrey have just stolen my heart!

  12. Film Flare Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    Mark Shaw was a great artist, such a talent for capturing the subject’s personality. I’m not the biggest fan of his coloured works, but the B&W photos are amazing. Especially the Hepburn series, they mirror her so well – her laid-back, funny and honest attitude, and her love for beauty and fashion.

  13. yael Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 3:12 pm #

    beautiful! can’t help but to be jealous but in a good way :)

  14. Amy Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 6:22 pm #

    These pictures are truly gorgeous.

  15. Hello Friday Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 9:03 pm #

    What a darling photos! xoxo

  16. Shannon Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 10:28 pm #

    Wow, these are great photos! I absolutely loved this post, it just made my day!

  17. Cat Tuesday 2 October, 2012 at 11:53 pm #

    amazing post!

  18. Eva @ Sycamore Street Press Wednesday 3 October, 2012 at 9:33 pm #

    Wow, I love these. SO many magical photos… especially the ones of Jackie Kennedy with her children. Who wouldn’t love to have family photos like that?!

  19. f Thursday 4 October, 2012 at 7:34 pm #

    amazing collection of photos! thanks for gathering… i could look at these all day. especially audrey, what a dear!

  20. Clarissa Sunday 7 October, 2012 at 11:42 pm #

    Aubrey’s eyebows… amazing. mine are really thick too. these pics give me confidence to rock mine and not over tweeze.

  21. Charlene Monday 8 October, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

    The images of Audrey H are simply breath-taking!

  22. nancy @ adore to adorn Tuesday 9 October, 2012 at 10:33 pm #

    Love every photograph. His work is just amazing…

  23. Valentina Tuesday 20 May, 2014 at 8:48 am #

    I did NOT know this photographer! He’s amazing!

    Valentina Duracinsky Blog


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