Without a doubt, photography is the art of the 21st century. The combination of technological advances and the popularity of social networks allow photography lovers to catch the best moments and share them with the public. Nevertheless, art of every kind requires not only practice, but also some theoretical knowledge. One would be wise to start by learning about some of the most successful people in the industry. In the realm of photography, this would be Sam Shaw.

Shaw is internationally recognized for his photographs of television and movie stars. He  took one of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century, featuring actress Marilyn Monroe with a “flying skirt” in New York. He worked with many famous actors, singers, writers, and politicians, such as Charlie Chaplin, Marlon Brando, Woody Allen, Elizabeth Taylor, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sophia Loren.

Shaw’s photographs portray not just appearance, but also the soul and life experiences of his models. However, he was not only a photographer; Shaw’s list of interests includes music, theater, sculpture, literature, journalism, and political activism. Perhaps that is why each one of his works has a much deeper meaning.

The exhibition, opened on October 11, runs till January 15 in Prague House of Photography. It is organized by Prague City Gallery in collaboration with Shaw Family Archives. The exhibition is open every day and the entry fee for students is 60 CZK.

Photos courtesy of Yaraslava Vyrvich