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Photographic Archive: Backstage by Mark Shaw

December 1, 2009




– Backstage at Balmain- Paris, 1954. Photographed by Mark Shaw




downloading...downloading...This is from a never published series taken by Mark Shaw for LIFE magazine backstage at the Pierre Balmain couture show in 1954.

Mark Shaw is best known for his extraordinary work documenting family scenes 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.

Shaw was afforded an unusual proximity to the models and designers of the 1950’s and 1960’s, allowing for a rare look behind the highly stylized presentation of fashion in the period. His work allows the viewer a true sense of the humanity behind what became archetypes of glamour.

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

Via Mark Shaw Photographic Archive

*Visit the ANDREW WILDER GALLERY at Svenska Mobler to view the entire series of Mark Shaw fashion photography.*


One Comment leave one →
  1. December 1, 2009 4:33 am


    Such lively backstage shots.

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