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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Jennifer Shaw

Dates:  1972, 9 April -
Born:  US, IN, Lafayette
Active:  US
Website:  www.jennifershaw.net
 
  
Contemporary American photographer who has documented the industrial sites of New Orleans. When Hurricane Katrina struck the city she had flee the city to avoid the destruction and flooding. The tale of that period and her pregnancy wa the basis for her 2007 photographic series Hurricane Story 
  
Artist statement: 
  
Photography is always an act of discovery for me. It’s about the joy of seeing and the mysterious convergence of light, texture and form as translated onto film. A sense of wonder, a reverence for beauty and a search for the sublime are all motivating factors that lead me to document and interpret the world through the camera’s lens. I attempt to create images that transcend literal description, reaching beyond the physical surface of the subject to resonate with viewers on an emotional level.
 
Most of my work is created using toy cameras. These simple plastic devices lend a whimsical spontaneity to the act of photographing. Although they offer little control in making exposures, their quirks can sometimes result in magic.
 
I print my black and white images in the darkroom on traditional silver paper, then split-tone them to add depth and color. This toning method can be unpredictable, and like every other part of my process, owes a bit to serendipity. The color work is shot on film, then scanned to make archival pigment prints on Hahnemuhle Rag 308 paper.
 
Jennifer Shaw (July 2008)

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A 1994 RISD graduate, Jennifer Shaw currently resides in New Orleans. She relies on a unique combination of serendipity (using a Holga camera) and a strong sense of composition to create dramatic images from New Orleans’ industrial side. In the darkroom, she split-tones her silver gelatin prints for additional depth and color.
 
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