Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw is best known for his photographs 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. But Mark Shaw was first and foremost a Fashion and Advertising photographer whose freelance assignments for LIFE magazine had him photographing some of the most notable celebrities of the 1950′s. 

This collection of Mark Shaw’s fashion images, taken at the House of Dior between 1952 and 1962, is the first book showcasing Mark Shaw’s extensive fashion photography for LIFE and other magazines throughout the 1950s. It is available at Liz O’Brien Gallery in NYC and we are snapping them up like crazy for our clients. Not only is the fashion amazing, but the interiors are pretty fabulous as well! We plan to use the first image in a beautiful powder room in Old Greenwich in a home that Marks & Frantz renovated and decorated from head to toe in 2013.

Dior Theatre de France 1960

Dior Theatre de France 1960


Photographed in 1953 at the French country estate, Corbeville, Jane Sprague models a ball gown by Fath.

Photographed in 1953 at the French country estate, Corbeville, Jane Sprague models a ball gown by Fath.

Sophie Malgat wears Dior in Dior's Passy Home, 1953. Sophie Malgat in Gray Chiffon Dior in Dior’s Paris Home

Sophie Malgat wears Dior in Dior’s Passy Home, 1953. Sophie Malgat in Gray Chiffon Dior in Dior’s Paris Home

Ghislaine Lounges in Elsa Schiaparelli's Home

Ghislaine Lounges in Elsa Schiaparelli’s Home


A velvet dinner dress by Chanel photographed in the vine hung Paris courtyard, Cour de Rohan, in 1955

A velvet dinner dress by Chanel photographed in the vine hung Paris courtyard, Cour de Rohan, in 1955






Design*Sponge Interview

Yesterday I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge.  We talked about set decoration, interior design , and of course, wallpaper!

The radio station, Heritage Radio, where we did the interview was really great – in the back of the super popular Brooklyn restaurant Roberta’s Pizza.  Check out Heritage Radio’s great programming here.   I hope you enjoy the interview!!

What does music look like?


The New York Times Magazine touts photographer Martin Klimas as a 3-D take on Jackson Pollock. These shots are created by placing splatters of paint on a scrim balanced on top of the diaphragm of a speaker. As Klimas blasts the music, the vibration of the speaker sends the paint aloft in sexy, sinewy patterns as he shoots them with a shutter speed of 1/7,oooth of a second. This abstract expressionism is created with dynamic and percussive music by the likes of Miles Davis or Kraftwerk. Can you tell which artist vibrations created which image?


Architecture in my mind

Filip Dujardin “Fictions”

I discovered Dujardin when I was flipping through this month’s Elle Decor. I assumed he was a brutalist architect, someone along the lines of Edward Durell Stone or possibly Paul Rudolph, especially because  the demolition of the Rudolph-designed Orange County Government Center in Goshen, NY has been a controversial news item this week. When I finally sat down over the weekend to actually read the magazine, I realized that Dujardin is a photographer, not an architect, who has created a series of photo collages with a great deal of photoshop work. He shoots strong architectural buildings or elements of buildings and sets them in lush green landscapes and desolate towns. These structures have an ethereal and otherworldly quality that make them feel like beautiful architectural photos of actual buildings. Read more about this Belgian photographer in April 2012 Elle Decor and take a look at his website to see the entire Fictions series.


Below is the Orange County Government Center building designed by Paul Rudolph and slated for a contentious demolition in the near future

Photographer Marco Ricca, featured in today’s NYT Home section, Minimalist, as Ordered

We finally photographed one of our latest and favorite projects, a house in Greenwich that we just completed! We were privileged to have two fantastic photographer’s shoot this house and Marco Ricca was one of them! In today’s Home section of the New York Times, he shot 8 gorgeous pictures of  a minimalist loft on west 13 street, former home of actor Benjamin Bratt. Check out his work, I’m sure you will love it as much as we do…and our next post will be the photos that he shot for us!

New York Kitchen Event

In the culinary capital of New York City, one photographer has decided to capture the inner workings of some of the best restaurants in the 5 boroughs.  Myriam Babin is the artist behind the blog New York Kitchen, an ongoing project devoted to capturing the grit and glamour of New York City kitchens and culinary culture, is working her way through the city one restaurant at a time.

On October 22 New York Kitchen is hosting an evening of photography, food and a silent auction. There will be an exhibit of images from the New York Kitchen blog with food provided by selected NYC restaurants. All proceeds from the silent auction will go the SHARE OUR STRENGTH, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America.

Just read through some of the past New York Kitchen blog posts and you will get an idea of some of the restaurants that may be participating in the event and silent auction.  Yummy!!  You can RSVP here.



James Starkman’s unbelievable photography exhibit in a gallery at Linc

Our good friend James Starkman has the most unbelievable photography exhibit in a gallery at Lincoln Center (see details below) from now through February 17. His huge images of parkour dancers (who are more like acrobats than dancers) are mesmerizing… the dancers have this surreal appearance, almost as if they were collaged onto the expansive urban landscapes. This is his first big show, definitely won’t the the last…we are so proud to say that we knew him when!

NEW YORK, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Lincoln Center’s Frieda and Roy Furman Gallery presents Let Go: Moment in Movement. This series of photographic works featuring parkour artists will be photographer James Starkman’s first solo exhibition. The exhibition will coincide with the 39th Annual Dance on Camera Festival (January 28–February 1) and will run through February 17.  A reception for the artist will be held February 4, 6–8pm. Hours: Monday through Friday 12:30–6:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 1:00–6:00pm. Gallery is located at 165 West 65 Street, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10023  (enter through The Walter Reade Theater).

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Henri Cartier-Bresson, the photo journalist famous for capturing “the decisive moment”, finally has a retrospective of his work on exhibit at MoMA.  It is the first one in the United States in over 30 years.  The show will close June 28, so check it out while you can.

Here is the link to the MoMA site

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