THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF NIGEL SHAFRAN

NIGEL SHAFRAN IS A BRITISH PHOTOGRAPHER THAT STARTED HIS CAREER IN THE 90'S. HE COLLABORATED FOR FASHION AND ARCHITECTURAL MAGAZINES, REACHING SLOWLY HIS PHOTOGRAPHIC PERSONAL VISION. THE IMPOVERISHMENT OF THE URBAN SPACES AND THE DECLINE OF OUR NATURAL AND GENEROUS INSTINCTS ARE HIS RECURRING SUBJECTS.

In 1994 he exhibited his first works at the Saatchi Gallery in London. A year after Shafran photographed his wife Ruth, in a small book called “Ruthbook”, shortly after publishing “Dad’s office” with shots of his father and between 1996 and 1998 some photos of abandoned rooms. After these works he focus on a series of images depicting the casual layouts of the laundry accumulated on the tables or images of interiors charity stores.

We have to mention the photographer’s work in the late 1980s for the pages of The Face and iD. Among the most important series, one is Teenager Precinct Shoppers, with two series of teenage portraits, one in black and white shot in the downtown of East London, originally appeared on iD magazine in 1990, which had a strong influence on a entire generation of Londoner photographers. The second color series was shot in the malls a few years later. In all the works of the artist none of the details seems banal: hair, trick, clothing, and attitude of the subjects reveal a sense of extreme inner depth. Simplicity and naturalness are the reading keys of his photographic work. A frivolous approach, from fashionable portraiture for a timeless photographer.

Official website www.nigelshafran.com