Born in England 7 January 1964

Lives and works in London


2016     Fashion shows. Edited by Nigel Shafran / Brighton Photo Bienalle / University of Brighton Galleries

2015     Fashion stories / between Bridges / Berlin, Germany

2015     The Photocopy / Gallery De Schans / Arles / France

2015     Beneath the Surface / The Victoria and Albert Museum / Photo London / Somerset House

2015     Abstract Apartment/ Deborah House, E9

2015     Work, Rest and Play: British photography from the 1960’s to today / The Photographer’s Gallery/ Pin Projects / Beijing OCT-LOFT / British Council / Shenhzen / Minsheng Art Gallery, Shanghai

2015     Portrait from an island, Goa international Photo festival

2014     Shadow of a Doubt, Espaco Chiado 8, Lisboa, Portugal

2014     Honore / Rue Visconti, Paris, curated by Laure Flammarion and Pauline Leveque

2014     Work books - 1984 – 2014, Number 6 Gallery / PhotoHastings

2013     Contemporary Art Society, [Phyllida Barlow, Richard Wentworth and Nigel Shafran]

2012     Focal Points: Art and Photography, Manchester Art Gallery [Arts Council Collection]

            Observers, Photographers of the British scene from the 1930’s to now
[curated by Martin Caiger -Smith and Joao Kulcsar ] Galeria de Arte SESI Sao Paulo, Brazil

            Island Stories: Fifty Years of Photography in Britain, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

2011     Domestic Interiors, The Regency Town House, Hove [Curated by Celia Davis / photoworks]

            Another Face: Works from the Arts Council collection, Hatton Gallery, Great North Museum, Newcastle upon Tyne

            Universals, Fringe Arts, Bath [Curated by Oliver Udy]

            Fotografia, Festival Internazionalle di Rome. X Edizione [Wherever I lay my camera down is home] Curated by Paul Wombell

2010     Not in Fashion: Fashion and Photography from the 90's, MMK Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, Germany

            London Calling
, James Hyman Gallery

            Aktualizacja UK, Photomonth, Krakow

            Nothing is in the place, Photomonth, Krakow

            One Hour Photo, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Centre

2009     Theatres of the Real, FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerp, curated by Joanna Lowry & David Green

2008     Libraries of Light: Photographic Books from the V&A Collection, V&A Museum, London (24.4.08 - 19.4.09)

, Les Recontres Arles Photographie

2007     How we are: Photographing Britain, Tate Britain, London

            Accidental Collectors, Aram gallery, London [supported by the Arts council]

2005     Wild Track, Trace gallery, Dorset, England, curated by Mark Haworth booth

            Made in Britain, Huis, Marseille, Amsterdam, Holland

2003     Then Things Went Quiet, Frieze Art Fair 2003, curated by Charlotte Cotton and MW projects

             The Fourth Sex: The Extreme People of Adolescence, curated by F. Bonami & R. Simons, Stazione Leopolda, Italy

            Go to the gallery, Platform for Art / London Underground, Aldwych station

2002     Mies Meets Marx, curated by Michael Marriott at the Geffrye Museum, London

            reViewing Landscape; Photographs of Contemporary England, Art and Photographs, London

            Reality Check - Recent Developments in British photography and film, Wharf Road, London;

            Curated by Brett Rogers and Kate Bush organised by the Photographer’s Gallery and the British Council

            The Spectator, Fotohof , Salzburg, Austria organised by the British Council, (Dad’s Office exhibited)

2000      Breathless, Photography and Time, Canon Photography Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

1999     Exhibition of museum portfolio commission, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

            Blue Suburban Sky, Photographer’s Gallery, London curated by Jeremy Millar (Dad’s Office exhibited)

1998     Look at me, Kunsthalle, Rotterdam, Holland, curated by Val Williams / British Council

            Real Life, Dean Clough, Halifax

1997     Bench, Photo Spin, Photographer’s Gallery, London

            Little Boxes, Cambridge Darkroom gallery

            Route to Darkroom, Print Room, Photographer’s Gallery, London

1994     A Positive View, Saatchi Gallery, London

            London Show, Zwemmers Fine Photography Gallery, London

1989     New Colour, Arles, France


2010     Compost pictures, Charleston, Sussex [Photoworks exhibition]

2004     Nigel Shafran, MW projects, London

2002     Nigel Shafran, MW projects, London

2001     Washing Up 2000, Week 25, Fig-1, London

2000     Photographs by Nigel Shafran, 1992-2000, Taka Ishi Gallery, Japan


2004     Royal Mail Christmas stamps commission

2003     London underground poster [bird nest] / Platform for Art

2000     Retrace your steps, Remember Tomorrow John Soane Musuem [contributing photographer]

1998     Commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to produce a portfolio of photographs of the museum.

1996     Andrea Frank Foundation Grant 1996-97


Books by Nigel Shafran

2013     Teenage Precinct Shoppers, Dashwood Books

2012     Ruth on the phone, Roma publications

2008     Flowers for _______ , published by Koenig Books

2004     Edited Photographs 1992-2004, published by Photoworks / Steidl

1999     Dad's Office, self-published

1995     Ruthbook, self-published

Selected books and catalogues

2014     The Photobook : A History Volume lll / Martin Parr and Gerry Badger / Phaidon 2014 / ISBN 978 0 7148 6677 2

2014     Photography Today: A History of Contemporary Photography / Mark Durden / Phaidon / 2014/ ISBN 0714845639

2014     The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas / Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern / Aperture / 2014 / ISBN 978 1597112475

2013     Observers, Photographers of the British scene from the 1930’s to now, SESI – SP / ISBN 978-85-8205-057-6

2011      Universals, Fringe Arts, Bath [Curated by Oliver Udy]

2010      Compost Pictures 2008-9 / Photoworks

            MMK / Kerber

2009     Theatres of the Real / Joanna Lowry and David Green / Photoworks co-published with FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen

            Blindspot issue 40 / Guest editor Arthur Ou / Photo-Based Art Inc

2007     How we are: Photographing Britain / Tate publishing

2005     Wild Track / Mark Haworth-Booth / Trace editions

2004     Family / Photographers photograph there families / Phaidon

2004     The Photograph as contemporary art / Charlotte Cotton / Thames and Hudson

2003     Frieze Art Fair Yearbook 2003-4

            Then things went quiet / MW projects publication

2002     Reality Check [recent developments in British photography and film]

2001     Smile I-D / Tashen

             Imperfect Beauty / Charlotte Cotton / V&A publications

            Fig-1 /50 projects in 50 weeks publication

1998     W'happen / Shoreditch Biennale

            Look at me / Fashion and photography in Britain / The British Council

1996     Surface: Contemporary Photographic practice / Michael Mack


2009     University Iuav, Venice

2008     Winchester college of Art

            St Martin’s college of Art

            Leeds college of Art and Design

            Kingston college of Art

2007     London college of Communication

2006     University for the creative Arts at Farnham [UCA]


2014     What does Kilburn wear ? Preston is my Paris with Nigel Shafran 2014

2006     Associate Lecturer, BA photography course, London College of Communication


Victoria and Albert Museum

Simmons and Simmons, London

Thyssen Bornemisza contemporary Art Foundation Salzburg

British Land [Art at Plantation Place]

Nottingham Castle Art Gallery and Museum

Arts Council Collection