Born in England 7 January 1964

Lives and works in London



2022      N/A Gallery Seoul, Korea

2022     BOOKS 1995- 2022 Iack Gallery,  Japan

2018     Work Books 1984-2018, Sion and Moore, London

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



2020    Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday, MA Curating the Art Museum, The Courtauld Institute of Art

2019    Jahresausgaben \ Ne travaillez assez, ne comptez jamais / Lothringer 13  Munich Germany

2018     Photocopies, tadpoles and tickets [After Giorgione] / Cellulare Casa Costanzo – Vicolo del Paradiso Castelfranco Veneto Festival Internazionale

2017     Nigel Shafran Exhibits ‘Today Everyday’ at the National Portrait Gallery, London

2017     Tread Softly, Bothy Gallery / Yorkshire Sculpture Park [Arts Council Collection]

   Home Economics, Sydney

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

   Frequent Long Walks, Hannah Barry Gallery

2015     Galerie de Schans, Cosmos Arles Books

2015    Fashion stories / Beyond Bridges, Berlin, Germany

2015     Work, Rest and Play, British Photography from the 1960’s to today /British photography from the the 1960’s to Today / Shenzen, China

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

   Elusive, Camberwell Space

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)

   Discovery, 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



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



2022     The Well, Loose Joints

2018     People On The Street, self-published

2016     Dark Rooms, Mack

2015     Visitor Figures / Out-takes from the V&A Museum, Self published

2013     Teenage Precinct Shoppers, Dashwood Books

2012     Ruth on the phone, Roma publications

2008     Flowers for _______ , Koenig Books

2004     Edited Photographs 1992-2004, Photoworks / Steidl

1999     Dad’ s Office, self-published

1995     Ruthbook, self-published


Selected books and catalogues

2022    Another Country / Gerry Badger /2022 / Thames and Hudson
2017     Photographers and Research  / Shirley Read and Mike Simmons / 2017 /  Routledge

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



Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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

National Portrait Gallery, London