Mark Shaw began his career in 1946 at Harper’s Bazaar and soon afterwards started shooting for Mademoiselle. Shaw began working as a freelancer for LIFE in 1952. In his 16 years with the magazine, he shot 27 covers, and more than 100 stories which included the magazine’s annual review of the European fashion collections. 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. As fashion photographer, Shaw also worked for McCalls, Ladies Home Journal and a host of other publications. He was one of the first photographers to use color when shooting the runways and “backstage” at the couture shows. The celebrities Mark Shaw photographed for LIFE and other publications include: Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Jackie Gleason, Danny Kaye, Cary Grant, Yves St. Laurent, Lee Radziwill, Nico of the Velvet Underground, Coco Chanel and his second wife, singer and actress Pat Suzuki, mother of his only child, David. His photographs of Audrey Hepburn were shot for LIFE in 1953. Some of Mark Shaw’s most beautiful work was shot for Vanity Fair’s lingerie advertising campaign.
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