Aston Martin – Mark Shaw Photography Exhibit
In the 1950s, the world embraced a new spirit, unburdened by the darkness of The Great Depression and World War Two. And few photographers captured the decade’s emboldened sense of possibility as adroitly as Mark Shaw. His legendary fashion and advertising work is the subject of a new exhibit, “Mark Shaw: A Moment in Time,” at London’s Aston Martin Boutique that opened on February 23 and runs until August.
Shaw’s images – including shoots for Life magazine, Esquire and Harper’s Bazaar – are a lucid reflection of London’s celebrity culture on the cusp of the Swinging Sixties. Following his untimely death in 1969 at the age of 47, much of his oeuvre went into storage and, remarkably, remained unseen for more than 40 years.
The carefully curated new exhibit at Aston Martin presents Shaw’s iconic portraits of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy, Brigitte Bardot, Grace Kelly, Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Coco Chanel alongside fashion photography for Balmain, Dior and Givenchy. All of the pieces are limited-edition prints; no more than 30 of each are available worldwide and some of their notable owners include Ralph Lauren, Cindy Crawford, Tommy Hilfiger and Jennifer Aniston.
Aston Martin at No. 8 Dover Street is open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Mark Shaw, The Johnny Cash Of Photography
Known for his grassroots-y and intimate captures that gave viewers a glimpse into the lives of their most beloved fashion icons and celebrities, Mark Shaw was one of the original editorial photographers in the ’50s and ’60s who defined the industry for generations to come.
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