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‘People tend to freeze in front of the camera… I shoot a few frames and try not to move around too much… it makes the person less aware of the photographer. Mainly I try to… create an atmosphere of a friend taking their picture, rather than a photographer.’ This was, in his own words, how Mark Shaw managed to get some of the world’s most famous people, including Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso and Brigitte Bardot, to relax in his presence. But his crowning glory was the intimate portraits he took of the Kennedy family, on show from next week at Proud Central, WC2, to mark the 55th anniversary of JFK’s death.

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