Saturday, April 4, 2009

BOOK TOUR AND RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION IN CONJUCTION WITH NEW BOOK, "CHARMED BY AUDREY"


Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, Santa Fe, NM, is pleased to announce a major retrospective exhibition of photographs by Mark Shaw, concurrent with the publication of the new book "Charmed By Audrey". His photographs of Audrey Hepburn, originally shot for LIFE in 1953, had been lost after Mark Shaw’s death, and were only found in 2005. (This May 4th would have been Audrey Hepburn's 80th birthday). The exhibition opens with a reception with the photographer's son, David Shaw, on Friday, April 24, from 5 to 7 PM. “Mark Shaw: A Retrospective” will continue through June 28.


Featured in the exhibition are photographs from every facet of Mark Shaw's (1922 - 1969)remarkable and distinguished career.


In 1953, Paramount was making a film with a new actress named Audrey Hepburn. Life magazine assigned one of its top young photographers, Mark Shaw, to shoot a feature, and he spent weeks with the star on and around the set. Shaw’s extraordinary level of access resulted in an amazing array of photos and over 60 rolls of film that captured the budding ingĂ©nue's charm and grace on set and in everyday life. The images chronicled Hepburn waking up at home, having her hair washed at the beauty parlor, reading, relaxing, studying the script, chatting with her costars and director Billy Wilder, and acting in one of her most famous roles. Through the handful of photographs published in Life for the Sabrina article have become iconic images of Hepburn, the majority of the negatives were misplaced and never published. Rediscovered 50 years later, these photographs offer a stunning visual biography of Hepburn’s youth and rising star.


Additional book events are scheduled in May at Barnes & Noble in New York and The Brattleoro Museum and Art Center in Vermont.
For further information, please contact Monroe Gallery of Photography: (505) 992 0800; info@monroe gallery.com, http://www.monroegallery.com/ .