Monday, May 4, 2009

MICHELLE MONROE RADIO INTERVIEW ABOUT MARK SHAW EXHIBIT TO AIR WEDNESDAY

An interview with Michelle Monroe of Monroe Gallery of Photography will air on KPFK radio (Los Angeles) Wednesday, May 6 at 12 noon Pacific time. The interview will be simultaneously available by webcast.

Treasures of the West host Pam Wilson interviewed Michelle Monroe in the gallery about Monroe Gallery's dedication to exhibiting photojournalist's work and the current Mark Shaw Retrospective. Mark Shaw, who lived from 1922-1969, is perhaps best known for his images of Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy and their family which he originally photographed on assignment for LIFE magazine, and later as their family photographer.

Additionally, Shaw worked for LIFE magazine beginning in 1952 and in 16 years shot 27 covers and almost 100 stories. 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).

Also leading fashion photographer, Mark Shaw worked for Harper's Bazaar, Mademoiselle, and a host of other fashion magazines. Throughout the 1950's and 1960s' Mark Shaw shot the European fashion collections for LIFE, and was one of the first photographers to shoot fashion on the runways and "backstage" at the couture shows.

KPFK, based in Los Angeles, was the second of what would eventually become five Pacifica Broadcasting Stations to go on the air. Started in 1959 with an enormous transmitter in a prime location, KPFK is the most powerful public radio station in the Western United States.