• New SFA Homepage Featuring Marlon Brando

    January 7, 2014

    For 2014, we're featuring a Sam Shaw photo of Marlon Brando and Anthony Quinn playing pool off-set during the shooting of Viva Zapata! (1951). This year marks both the 10th anniversary of Brando's death and the 90th anniversary of his birth!

  • Holiday Mailer Honoring John Cassavetes

    January 1, 2014

    This year for Shaw Family Archives' annual holiday mailer we created a tribute to four decades of Sam Shaw and John Cassavetes' films and friendship. The front of the mailer features a photograph of Shaw and Cassavetes filming a scene from A Woman Under the Influence (1974), along with a quote by Cassavetes about his work with Shaw. The back of the mailer is a collage of Sam Shaw's photographs and a timeline of important Shaw/Cassavetes' collaborations.

  • Japanese Magazine Celebrates John Cassavetes

    December 16, 2013

    The Japanese love John Cassavetes. And so do we. In 1990, the Tokyo magazine Switch featured more than 40 Sam Shaw photographs for their special issue on the life and work of Cassavetes. Over 20 years later Shaw Family Archives collaborated again with our Japanese friends for another feature on Cassavetes in honor of the upcoming 25th anniversary of his death in 2014 -- this time in Coyote magazine. Above are both magazine covers.

  • Husbands Holiday Card from the Archive

    November 20, 2013

    In 1969 Sam Shaw's daughter Edie Shaw Marcus designed this holiday card mailer for John Cassavetes to promote his film Husbands (1970). "The Freedom to be Free" is a line from the film and the photo series of John Cassavetes, Peter Falk and Ben Gazzara was taken by Sam Shaw, who was also the associate producer of the film.

  • APAG Launches New Website

    October 15, 2013

    The American Photography Archives Group (APAG) has launched a new website. The site features a section for member Sam Shaw here, as well as many other great photographers including Ruth Orkin, Philippe Halsman, and Ernst Haas. For a complete list of members see: http://www.apag.us/membership/

  • Chagall Exhibition at the Jewish Museum

    September 10, 2013

    Chagall: Love, War, and Exile opens at The Jewish Museum in New York on September 15. The exhibit focuses on Marc Chagall's period in exile in Paris and the US during the 1930s through 1948. The curators used the above portrait of Marc and Bella Chagall taken by Sam Shaw for the artist timeline accompanying the show. Sam took the photo at Cranberry Lake for a 1944 Collier's Weekly article entitled "Art for Profits Sake" that he co-wrote with Harry Henderson. They wrote about a group of French artists who came to the US (mostly New York) to escape WWII and were doing quite well (monetarily). Other artists featured/photographed in the piece include Fernand Leger, Moise Kisling, Amedee Ozenfant, Kurt Seligmann, Jacques Lipchitz, Andre Masson, and Bernard Lamotte.

  • Albert Murray, Essayist, Friend, Collaborator, Dies at 97

    August 21, 2013

    Sam Shaw's friend and collaborator, the remarkable Albert Murray, passed away this week at the age of 97. Murray, Shaw and the artist Romare Bearden were creators of an unpublished project known as "Paris Blues" or "Jazz Suite", using the 1961 film Paris Blues (which Shaw produced) as inspiration. In the 1980s the trio retold the black-artist-in-Paris tale using Shaw's photographs, Murray's writing, and Bearden's collages. Together they portrayed a story of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong in Paris, as well as the musical centers of New Orleans and New York--and the underlying search for freedom through artistic expression.

  • Jeruasalem Film Festival 30th Anniversary

    July 1, 2013

    The Jerusalem Film Festival chose this Sam Shaw photograph of Natalie Wood to promote the 30th anniversary of the festival. The festival runs from July 4th through July 13th.

  • Deborah Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie Interviewed for Sam Shaw Documentary

    June 5, 2013

    Shaw Family Archives recently interviewed rock legends Deborah Harry and Chris Stein of the band Blondie for the Sam Shaw film project. In 1977, just before their breakthrough album Parallel Lines was released, Sam Shaw directed and produced a documentary about Blondie. His friend John Cassavetes was the cameraman. It was great fun speaking to Deborah and Chris about their collaboration with Sam and John.

    Pictured above: Sam Shaw's grand daughter Melissa Stevens, Sam Shaw's daughters Edie Shaw Marcus and Meta Shaw Stevens, Chris Stein and Deborah Harry.

  • Stella McCartney T-Shirt Featuring Sam Shaw Photo

    May 10, 2013

    Kate Moss, Rihanna and even Miss Piggy are sporting the latest Stella McCartney t-shirt featuring a Marilyn Monroe photograph by Sam Shaw. The shirt was designed for Comic Relief's Red Nose Day, the largest charity initiative in the UK.

  • Marilyn Monroe Launch Party at Macy's Herald Square

    April 3, 2013

    34th Street in NYC, Juniors Department, 4th Floor
    Friday April 5th, 6PM

    Join the party at Macy's Herald Square for the debut of the exclusive Marilyn Monroe clothing collection featuring photographs by Sam Shaw! The event includes a runway fashion show hosted by TV personality and celebrity blogger Micah Jesse and tunes from celebrity DJ Kalkutta. Plus gifts and more!

  • Marilyn Monroe Collection Launches at Macy's

    March 6, 2013

    The Marilyn Monroe Collection rolls out at 150 Macy's locations throughout the U.S. this month. Sam Shaw's images of his good friend Marilyn decorate the store section and also appear on clothing items for sale.

  • Sam Shaw Photo on Réponses Photo Cover

    February 20, 2013

    Sam Shaw's photo of Marilyn Monroe is on the cover of the February 2013 issue of the French magazine Réponses Photo. The magazine features a story about the recently published 100 Photos by Sam Shaw for Press Freedom by Reporters Without Borders.

  • Sam Shaw’s 101st Birthday

    January 15, 2013

    Today we celebrate Sam Shaw's birthday and his lasting legacy of beautiful images that the world continues to enjoy. In the words of his friend Duke Ellington...Love you madly Sam!

  • "Marilyn in New York" by Sam Shaw Now on View

    December 22, 2012

    "Marilyn in New York," an exhibit of photos by Sam Shaw, is now on view in the 42nd Street / Bryant Park subway station and outside the Times Square subway station in New York City. As part of the Metropolitan Transit Authority's Arts for Transit program, the exhibit honors Marilyn Monroe 50 years after her death and is part of Sam Shaw's 2012 centennial celebration.

    Sam was a lifelong New Yorker and Marilyn made the city her home. “The New York City Subway made Marilyn Monroe's most iconic image possible through its serendipitous updrafts from our sidewalk ventilation grates,” said Lester Burg, MTA Arts for Transit's manager who handles the lightbox program. “And now the image is returning home through the MTA's program to enliven the subway with engaging photos by New York photographers. Matching the mass transit setting with a pop culture figure beloved by the masses seemed like a great fit.”

    The exhibit features rarely seen images of Marilyn at iconic New York locations such as Central Park and the Plaza fountain. There are 8 photographs on display at Bryant Park, and one photo at the Times Square location. The exhibition will be on display for one year.




    Sam Shaw: 60 Years of Photography will be on view at its seventh museum venue, LUDWIGGALERIE Schloss Oberhausen, May 21 through September 17, 2017.

    Next on the tour is Brandts museum in Odense, Denmark from October 5, 2017 through January 21, 2018.