Monday, April 30, 2012

The indelible Mark Shaw

Photographer Mark Shaw is best known for his extraordinary talent and work capturing the life and glamour of John F. Kennedy's family.  Prior to his work with the Kennedys, Shaw was renowed for defining fashion photography in an era when fashion was heralded by famous designers such as Coco Chanel and Christian Dior, to name but a few.  Having behind the scene access to some of the most elite celebrities and models, Shaw's photographs include rare, candid takes backstage in the salons of Balenciaga, Dior, Chanel, and Nina Ricci, not to mention the living rooms of some of the most renowned socialites of the time.

Selected images of Shaw's work has been brought to the public by Svenska Mobler's Andrew Wilder in collaboration with Mark Shaw's only heir, David, and his wife, Juliet Cuming, after going unviewed for over 40 years.  

Here are some of my most beloved shots of Mark Shaw in never seen before photos.  For more information or to see more of Shaw's work, click here.

Coco Chanel as captured by Mark Shaw for LIFE in 1957. Chanel is seen here approaching her boutique on the Rue du Faubourg St.Honore in Paris. 

Captured here  is Jackie Kennedy and daughter Caroline in an informal moment on the beach at Hyannis Port in 1959. This image is an outtake for an assignment from LIFE magazine about Jackie Kennedy which ran in 1959 while JFK was making his White House run.

1953 is a portrait of Audrey Hepburn on the set of "Sabrina"

Christian Dior hat and gown, Paris, 1954

Portrait of Cary Grant #1, LA, 1955

Portrait of fashion designer James Galanos surrounded by models. These models are wearing Galanos' creations and are captured at the Costume Institute at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Never before seen portrait of Grace Kelly shot for LIFE Magazine. Grace Kelly appeared in four major motion pictures that year. Soon After she later went on to marry Prince Rainier and become the princess of Monaco. This was a test shot of Ms. Kelly which was recently discovered in Mark's archives.

Model at Paris Louvre Metro Station wearing a gray Christian Dior dress, 1957.

 Model in day wear on a residential street in St. Tropez in 1960. 

Pictured here a model wears a bucket hat in the 17th century house where Manon Lescaut once lived, then owned by Suzanne Luling, directrice of Dior in Paris, 1960.

A whimsical moment captured by Mark Shaw front and center at the Christian Dior couture show in Paris in 1954.

Captured in 1953, socialite Vicki Reynaud modeling a draped chiffon gown and jeweled collar by classic Parisian designer Desses. Standing in the "dahlia-bedecked" dining room of Desses' two story apartment, Reynaud is surrounded by an 18th century Manila leather screen and a collection of English Silver. Desses' apartment was formerly occupied by Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, the tower builder. 

Test shot of an unidentified model on the beach in Portofino, Italy, 1955.

Captured here in 1955 in a Paris courtyard is a model wearing an Givenchy gown and orange colored and cape.

Limited Edition portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, 1956

Shot in a Paris courtyard, a model is seen wearing a grey Dior gown, 1955.

Socialite Sophie Malgat in a gray Dior ball gown. Shaw shot this in the sunroom of the house of Christian Dior in Passy in 1953.

Jackie Kennedy in an informal moment at home in Georgetown in 1959. 

Me, just having fun.

Have a wonderful week!


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