World-Renowned Photographer Stan Shaffer Passes

Written by on June 11, 2010

I was saddened to hear of the passing of world-renowned fashion and art photographer Stan Shaffer today. He was not only a legend in his business, but a very nice man and devoted husband. He died as the result of suffering a cardiac arrest only months before his book, You Should Have Been With Me, was to have been released. He was 65.

Stan was an influential photographer not only throughout the 80s, but he was in-demand throughout the fashion industry for decades and has worked with many of world’s top supermodels as an artist from behind the camera.

I “met” Stan over the telephone after inviting his wife, singer/actress/model Louise Robey, to be a guest on Revenge of the 80s in 2009. We all became friends from that exchange onward.

Stan was always looking out for Louise’s interests as she was planing to re-emerge publicly with new music and a box-set anthology. He also worked diligently on hos book and plans for photo exhibits. The two were discussing the potential of moving back to the states form their home in Western France.

I spoke with Stan last weekend about plans to have him on this show and a nationally syndicated business show I produce by day. He was energetic and excited about You Should Have Been With Me and the world-wide publicity plan for it.

Stan Shaffer will be remembered fondly by all those who knew him and we are sure there is a nice photography studio waiting for him in Heaven. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Louise and their entire family. Stan, you will be greatly missed.

Reader's opinions
  1. John Fitzpatrick   On   June 14, 2010 at 11:25 pm

    I worked at Amsterdam Billiards on NY’s Upper West Side throughout the 90’s and Stan was there with his kids all the time. One of my favorite guys. RIP.

  2. Brownie Warburton   On   July 21, 2010 at 2:47 am

    I worked for Stan as Studio Mgr. We worked a long while on Victoria’s Secret traveling to Bermuda Barbados Haiti Jamaica and Mexico City. In Mexico we shot at Louis Barrigan’s private house. Stan was hilarious, a great photographer, adored his kids. I last saw Stan when he made a surprise visit to Newport arriving on a great old power boat. He looked great and all of my family were waiting to buy his new book wondering what tales would be amongst his great old pictures. It was a total surprise he would not live to see its release. Love to his family.

  3. Sal Corbo   On   July 30, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    I was shocked to hear this. I assisted Stan in the early 80’s, I had a great time working with him and learned a lot about the fashion buisness. He was a great influence on my career.I will miss him.

  4. Jayne Fahey   On   August 3, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    I was a model in the 1970s/80s and worked with Stan many times. He was always a really sweet guy. I liked him a lot. We had a memorable dinner together one evening with lots of wine and laughter. I had really lost track of him for many years, but back in the 90s I ran into him when he sat in front of me in a movie theatre. We chatted and it was really nice to see him. I’m so sorry he passed away so young, but it sounds to me like he really lived it up, and I guess in the end, that’s all that counts. RIP dear friend Stan. I’ll always remember you.
    Sincerely yours, Jayne Fahey

  5. Mick   On   August 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    I assisted Stan for about 2 years. We had a great time and did some good work.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  6. Dorothy Grayson Wood   On   December 17, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    I 1st was in contact with Stan in 1997 when he rang me and asked if I would sell him a puppy.. we were in contact for a while and eventually he had Henry from me.. I am so saddened to think I will not be in touch with him again…
    Thank you for making Henry Happy Stan..
    With fond memories

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