Photographer of Stars: Sam Shaw (1912–1999)

American photographer and film producer Sam Shaw (1912–1999) created one of the most iconic images of the 20th century with Marilyn Monroe with the skirt of her white dress blowing over a subway grate during filming one of the scenes of The Seven Year Itch (1954) in New York. Sixty years later, it continues to captivate. Visitors of Prague City Gallery can see it together with a number of other unique photographs at a major exhibition of works by Sam Shaw in the House of Photography. Sam Shaw is internationally recognized for his photographs of films and movie stars (Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, Sophia Loren), but his archives include portraits of other famous people such as Marc Chagall, Marcel Duchamp, Arthur Miller and Tennesse Williams. Shaw’s work as a feature-film producer is lesser known; for example, he also worked closely with the director John Cassavetes, who is widely acknowledged to be the father of American independent cinema.