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Mark Shaw is celebrated for taking hundreds of candid and backstage images of Audrey Hepburn which can be seen in our book Charmed By Audrey, but he also shot many other mid century notables: artists, fashion designers, and leading ladies of film some of whom are featured here. Visit mptvimages.com for the most extensive selection of Mark Shaw’s celebrity images, or scroll down for a small sample.

Fashion Designers

Fashion Designer Yves St. Laurent in his studio as photographed by Mark Shaw. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Fashion Designer Yves St. Laurent in his studio as photographed by Mark Shaw. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Guy Laroche Sketches Model. Fashion Designer Guy Laroche is shown sketching a model wearing one of his ensembles. Photographed by Mark Shaw for LIFE in 1954.
Photographed by Mark Shaw for the Nov. 22, 1954 issue of LIFE, 29 year old fashion designer James Galanos is pictured in the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum surrounded by live models wearing his designs. Background mannequins are clothed in vintage fashions up to 150 years old. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Chanel's famous mirrored staircase was a favorite photographic location. Mark Shaw's informal, grainy, black and white images of Coco Chanel were created using an unobtrusive 35mm camera and film processing methods that enabled him to eliminate all other photographic equipment. Although Shaw's techniques increased the grain and contrast of the photographs, the lack of intimidating, distracting flash and lights allowed him to capture an unusually relaxed Chanel. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Color Portrait of Coco Chanel and Jeanne Moreau, 1957 Chanel visits with Jeanne Moreau, the famous French film actress. This color image is a rare addition to the black and white photo essay done by Mark Shaw for LIFE magazine in 1957. The source for this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” color transparency.
This photo, published in LIFE in 1957, shows Coco Chanel, aged 74, at her apartment on the Rue Cambon in Paris reclining on her massive divan. In notes taken from the LIFE picture library, it was noted that Mark Shaw “crept as close to Chanel as anyone is ever likely to get with their Leica on. She said so herself.” Mark Shaw's informal, grainy, black and white images of Coco Chanel were created using an unobtrusive 35mm camera and film processing methods that enabled him to eliminate all other photographic equipment. Although Shaw's techniques increased the grain and contrast of the photographs, the lack of intimidating, distracting flash and lights allowed him to capture an unusually relaxed Chanel. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Coco Chanel creates jewelry in her workroom. She works with plasticine surrounded by boxes overflowing with "jewels." Mark Shaw's informal, grainy, black and white images of Coco Chanel were created using an unobtrusive 35mm camera and film processing methods that enabled him to eliminate all other photographic equipment. Although Shaw's techniques increased the grain and contrast of the photographs, the lack of intimidating, distracting flash and lights allowed him to capture an unusually relaxed Chanel. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Coco Chanel was photographed for LIFE in 1957 at the age of 74 during her “comeback.” She had retired in 1938, a rich woman with 3000 employees, but unable to resist the lure of fashion, had re-entered the business in 1954 where “…she was sensationally successful.” Mark Shaw's informal, grainy, black and white images of Coco Chanel were created using an unobtrusive 35mm camera and film processing methods that enabled him to eliminate all other photographic equipment. Although Shaw's techniques increased the grain and contrast of the photographs, the lack of intimidating, distracting flash and lights allowed him to capture an unusually relaxed Chanel. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Coco Enters her Shop on the Rue Fauborg St. Honore, 1957. Photographed in 1957, Coco Chanel is seen entering her boutique in Paris. According to LIFE, Coco is “…credited with either inventing or popularizing the short skirt, the flat chest, the sling pump, turtlenecks…” She is shown here in her “ever present” hat. “ The only reason I wear my hat all the time is so I can tell people I don’t want to see that I am on my way out”. Mark Shaw's informal, grainy, black and white images of Coco Chanel were created using an unobtrusive 35mm camera and film processing methods that enabled him to eliminate all other photographic equipment. Although Shaw's techniques increased the grain and contrast of the photographs, the lack of intimidating, distracting flash and lights allowed him to capture an unusually relaxed Chanel. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Coco Chanel, photographed in 1957, was famous for using huge jewels both real and fake. Her cigarette remains in place despite the jewels before her. Mark Shaw's informal, grainy, black and white images of Coco Chanel were created using an unobtrusive 35mm camera and film processing methods that enabled him to eliminate all other photographic equipment. Although Shaw's techniques increased the grain and contrast of the photographs, the lack of intimidating, distracting flash and lights allowed him to capture an unusually relaxed Chanel. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.

Artists

Out take from a photo shoot for the Nov 14, 1955 issue of Life. Picasso permitted "this rare photographic session in his new Cannes villa, La Calafornie." The source for this image was a vintage 35mm color transparency.
Picasso with Bettina and Skull. Photographed for LIFE in 1955 in his new Cannes Villa, La Californie, Picasso celebrates his fashion debut by clowning around with a skull. Top French Model, Bettina Graziani wears an outfit by American Fashion Designer Claire McCardell. The shirt's pattern is in the style of a Picasso still life. All the Picasso paintings pictured had been completed within the past few months. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm color transparency.
Marc Chagall shown in his studio in Vence, France. Photographed by Mark Shaw for LIFE magazine in 1955. The source for this image was a vintage 4” x 5” color transparency.
Zao Wou Ki Portrait with Nude Painting circa 1950. A rare portrait of Zao Wou Ki taken by Mark Shaw for Art News circa 1950. The source for this image was a rare vintage print.
Fernand Leger with Model. Photographed by Mark Shaw for LIFE in 1955, two weeks before his death, Fernand Leger posed for this final portrait in his Paris Studio. Leger's studio is the one he had worked in since 1913. British model Anne Gunning wears an ankle length gown by American Fashion Designer Claire McCardell. The Fabric's pattern is in the style of Leger's work best seen in the painting of two women (left) and in the half hidden still life. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm color transparency.
Miro with Margaret Philipps, 1955. Joan Miro with model Margaret Philipps, photographed for LIFE magazine in his tiny studio in Barcelona by Mark Shaw in 1955. Miro's "in progress" work sits around him. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm color transparency.
Joan Miro photographed for LIFE magazine in his tiny studio in Barcelona by Mark Shaw in 1955. Miro is shown working on his current piece. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm color transparency.
Picasso with Bettina and Sword. Photographed for LIFE in 1955 in his new Cannes Villa, La Californie, Picasso celebrates his Fashion debut by clowning around with a fedora and a sword. Top French Model, Bettina Graziani wears an outfit by American Fashion Designer Claire McCardell. The shirt's pattern is in the style of a Picasso still life. All the Picasso paintings pictured had been completed within the past few months. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm color transparency.

Leading Ladies

Grace Kelly Laughing. Grace Kelly as photographed by Mark Shaw in 1954. The source of this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” black and white negative.
Grace Kelly, Head Resting in Hands. Grace Kelly as photographed by Mark Shaw in December of 1954. The source of this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” black and white negative.
Natalie Wood Backlot Portrait in Black Sweater, 1956. A Mark Shaw backlot photograph of Natalie Wood for LIFE magazine in November 1956. Not seen is the Vespa scooter she was seated on. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm color transparency.
Natalie Wood Backlot with Crane, 1956. A Mark Shaw backlot photograph of Natalie Wood for LIFE magazine in November 1956. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm color transparency.
Mark Shaw photographed Elizabeth Taylor for the October 15, 1956 cover of LIFE magazine. Taylor was starring in the academy award winning film, Giant, as Leslie Benedict, the matriarch of a Texas ranching family. The film also starred Rock Hudson and James Dean. Elizabeth Taylor is number seven on the American Film Institute’s list of top 25 female legends. The source for this image was a vintage 8” x 10” color transparency.
Shot for Life magazine in April 1961, this was the second time Mark Shaw had photographed Elizabeth Taylor for the magazine. She is pictured here wearing the “Soiree a Rio” dress from Dior’s Spring-Summer 1961 Haute Couture collection. The source for this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” color transparency.
Mark Shaw photographed Elizabeth Taylor for the October 15, 1956 cover of LIFE magazine. Taylor was starring in the academy award winning film, Giant, as Leslie Benedict, the matriarch of a Texas ranching family. The film also starred Rock Hudson and James Dean. Elizabeth Taylor is number seven on the American Film Institute’s list of top 25 female legends. The source for this image was a vintage 8” x 10” color transparency.
Mark Shaw was sent by LIFE to photograph Elizabeth Taylor for the April 28, 1961 issue. The images he took were never used for the article that celebrated her acceptance of the Oscar for best actress of 1960 for her role as a semi-pro call girl in the movie Butterfield 8. Shaw’s stunning portraits show Taylor in her Oscar ceremony finery, a dress called “Soiree a Rio” from Dior’s Spring-Summer 1961 Haute Couture collection. The source for this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” color transparency.
Mark Shaw’s file of “test shots” was full of budding stars; these December 1958 head shots of Jane Fonda were never published. The source of this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” black and white negative.
Brigitte Bardot Sultry, 1958. Brigitte Bardot was photographed by Mark Shaw in 1958. Mark, who often predicted who would become stars, thought one of these images of Bardot should have been used as a cover for LIFE, but LIFE, alas, did not have Mark’s vision. Another variation was instead used by the American Society of Magazine Photographers in 1959, as the cover of their industry magazine “Infinity.” The source for this image was a vintage 35mm color transparency.
Brigitte Bardot in Braids, Side View, 1958. Brigitte Bardot was photographed by Mark Shaw in 1958. Mark, who often predicted who would become stars, thought one of these images of Bardot should have been used as a cover for LIFE, but LIFE, alas, did not have Mark’s vision. Another variation was instead used by the American Society of Magazine Photographers in 1959, as the cover of their industry magazine “Infinity.” The source for this image was a vintage 35mm color transparency.

Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn on the set of Sabrina with costar Bill Holden, shot for LIFE in 1953. This image is also part of the Mark Shaw Photographic Archive's fine art gallery collection. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Audrey Hepburn viewing the soundstage of the set for Paramount's Sabrina Fair. Photographed for the December 7, 1953 issue of Life. The source of this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” black and white negative.
Audrey Hepburn, photographed for LIFE in 1953, is coached by Sabrina director Billy Wilder. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Photographed for the December 1953 issue of LIFE, Audrey Hepburn rides a bike from the makeup department to the set where filming began at 9 o'clock. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Audrey Hepburn Walking Away, 1953. A frequently reproduced photo of Audrey Hepburn, published in LIFE in December, 1953. Audrey is shown strolling in front of her Beverly Hills apartment during the shooting of the film Sabrina. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Audrey Hepburn looked incredible no matter what she was doing. This image is an out take from the photo shoot for the cover of the April 19, 1954 international issue of Life magazine. The source of this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” black and white negative.
Audrey Hepburn looked incredible no matter what she was doing. This image is an out take from the photo shoot for the cover of the April 19, 1954 international issue of Life magazine. The source of this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” black and white negative.
Audrey Hepburn on the phone at home. This image is an out take from photos shot for the cover of the December 7, 1953 issue of Life. The source of this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” black and white negative.
Shot for the Dec. 7, 1953 issue of Life. 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. Shaw took the "first pictures of her at home ever released for publication." The source of this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” black and white negative.
An out take from photos taken for the December 7, 1953 issue of LIFE. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Audrey Hepburn at Make Up Table in Two Mirrors. Audrey Hepburn photographed for Mademoiselle in 1954 in her dressing room backstage at Ondine. After years of perfect blondes, Audrey’s look was fresh and new “…Beauty is again human instead of heavenly and we have Miss Hepburn to thank for it.” The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Out take from the photo essay for the December 1953 issue of LIFE, Audrey Hepburn is seen with costume designer Edith Head. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Audrey Hepburn, Wally Westmore on the Set of Sabrina, r2_2. Audrey Hepburn and makeup artist Wally Westmore on the set of Paramount's Sabrina Fair. The source of this image was a vintage 2.25” x 2.25” black and white negative.
Photographed for LIFE in 1953, Audrey Hepburn, under the hair dryer, smokes a cigarette. While working on the film Sabrina, Audrey was shampooed every night and often conducted business with her agents while under the dryer. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Audrey Hepburn Getting Shampooed and Laughing c7_18. Published in LIFE in 1953, Mark Shaw’s photo of Audrey Hepburn shows her being shampooed on the set of Sabrina. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Photographed for LIFE in 1953, Audrey Hepburn is shampooed on the set of Sabrina. Aged 24, Audrey was already poised to become a huge star. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
Audrey Hepburn gives herself a last minute touch up. Out take from the photo essay shot for the December 7, 1953 issue of LIFE. The source for this image was a vintage 35mm black and white negative.
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