American Royalty: The Kennedys, Fashion & Celebrity

Photographs by Mark Shaw
February 5 - May 4, 2014

About Mark Shaw

Photographer Mark Shaw documented an era and produced exquisite and memorable images of the early 1960s. Mark Shaw is best known for his photographs of John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy, which he shot originally for LIFE magazine. 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. His timeless images capture the young first family’s intimate moments as well as official presence.

Shaw began working for LIFE in 1952. In his 16 years with the magazine, he shot 27 covers and more than 100 stories that included the magazine's European fashion collections. As a leading fashion photographer, he also worked for Vanity Fair, Harper's Bazaar, and Mademoiselle. Shaw photographed numerous icons including Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Danny Kaye, Cary Grant, Yves St. Laurent, Nico of the Velvet Underground, and Coco Chanel.

While Mark Shaw’s photographs have been critically acclaimed and featured in numerous periodicals and books, the exhibition at MWPAI will be the first museum show to exclusively feature his work.

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New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.