Mark Shaw: Glamour Through the Lens
My introduction to iconic photographer Mark Shaw’s body of work can be credited to a project I was doing a few years ago, searching desperately for the perfect artwork to fit a stylish living room. You could say, it all began with a google search: “timeless fashion photography”. An unromantic meeting, I realize, but it has become an artistic love affair that, I’m quite sure, will endure a lifetime.
Perhaps best known for his candid photographic documentation of the Kennedy family, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, and Coco Channel, Mark Shaw is lauded as the extraordinary artist who captured the essence of a glamorous generation.
Mark Shaw was frequently granted exclusive backstage access to fashion shows, capturing the beautiful chaos happening behind the scenes. He worked with top-designers such as Balenciaga, Yves St. Laurent, Nina Ricci and Christian Dior to showcase their latest creations in stunningly timeless photos.
Recently, Mark Shaw’s estate released never-before seen images from various fashion shoots of the late 1950′s and early 60′s and has graciously allowed Life Love and Luxury to showcase a few of them. All are available for purchase through the Andrew Wilder Gallery.
When it comes to Mark Shaw’s fashion photography, my personal favorites are the hauntingly beautiful images from a Vanity Fair fashion shoot in 1953. The series features black and white photos that seem to glow from within. They will appear together in a future post, because I simply can’t NOT dedicate an entire post to these fabulous images! But here’s a little taste:
These are just a sampling from the vast Andrew Wilder Gallery collection. For more information on purchasing, or to view additional images, click here.
Please note, all images are used with exclusive permission from the Andrew Wilder Gallery and are prohibited from further reproduction or distribution.