But what is art? In association with the Chan Hampe Gallery, Leica Singapore presents Mark Shaw : An Asian Debut. Mark Shaw, a popular American fashion and celebrity photographer defines art in his photography that captures personal, true-to-life images of iconic personalities and celebrities in the 1950s to 1960s. His work depicts the magic of intimacy portrayed in raw, intrinsic moments of the world’s most celebrated icons and fashion pioneers of the century.
Expect to come up close to a full-range of Shaw’s celebrated work pieces at the Leica Gallerie. The images include an exclusive insight into Picasso’s studio, the glamour of the house of Dior, Givenchy, Chanel and quirky revelations of the lives of Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel.
“My Grandfather’s work was both intimate and informal. He was one of the first photographers to have access to backstage fashion and then shoot couture in colour. He loved his Leica camera as much as he loved his job. It was perfect.” Hunter Cumming Shaw
In hand with his beloved Leica M2, Shaw began his career at Harpers Bazaar – eventually branching out into Mademoiselle and LIFE in 1952. By the late 1950s, his career was reaching its zenith. Mark was a person that retained the rights to his work and he had established a lot over 27 covers and 100 stories which included an annual review of the European fashion collections.
The exhibition runs from now to 29 February 2016 at Leica Galerie, Singapore located at Raffles Hotel Arcade.