Shaw first photographed the Kennedys in 1959 for Life magazine. He subsequently developed a close friendship with the family that gave him extraordinary and informal access to their inner circle. He became the Kennedys’ unofficial family photographer and his captivating shots capture some of their most intimate and candid moments. Photographs include Kennedy’s favourite ever shot of himself, walking alone on the dunes at Hyannis Port, plus images on the campaign trail, relaxing at home with friends, entertaining at the White House, and the sombre days immediately following JFK’s assassination.
Mark Shaw (1922-1969) was an American photographer renowned for his photographs of the Kennedys and for his fashion work. He worked for several magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Mademoiselle and Life. During his sixteen years at Life, he shot twenty-seven covers and over one hundred stories. He photographed the rich and the famous, including Elizabeth Taylor, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Pablo Picasso, Brigitte Bardot and Pope Paul VI. He was also the first photographer to shoot backstage and in colour at the European couture fashion shows. He won numerous awards for his still photography and commercial work, most notably with his Vanity Fair lingerie campaign.
260 colour and b/w photographs
300 x 250 mm / 12 x 10 in.