Chris Shaw completed his degree in Audio Visual studies at West Surrey College of Art & Design (now University for the Creative Arts) from 1986–89. In his 2006 monograph “Life as a Night Porter” (Twin Palms, 2006), Shaw published photographs of strange events he witnessed over a ten-year period between 1993 to 2004 whilst working as a night porter at a few hotels in London. His other books include “Before and After Night Porter” (Kehrer, 2012), “Weeds of Wallasey” (Superlabo, 2013), “Horizon Icon” (Adad, 2015), “Retrospecting Sandy Hill” (Morel Books, 2015), “Tokyo in Hong Kong” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2018), and “The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game” (Zen Foto Gallery, 2019).

Chris is represented in public collections of The Tate in London, Frac Des Pays de la Loire in Nantes and Carnegie Museum in Pittsburg. Chris held his first solo show in Cafe Tabac in Bold Street, Liverpool in 1991. Since then he has held numerous exhibitions in Paris, London, Stockholm, Moscow, Beijing and Tokyo.


2006 - Life as a Night Porter. Santa Fe, NM: Twin Palms,
2012 - Before And After Night Porter. Heidelberg, Germany: Kehrer
2013 - Weeds of Wallasey. Kamakura, Japan: Super Labo
2015 - Retrospecting Sandy Hill. London: Morel
2015 - Horizon Icons. London: ADAD
2018 - Sohollondon. London: Morel
2018 - Tokyo in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Zen Photo Gallery
2019 - The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game. Hong Kong: Zen Photo Gallery
2019 - Golden Bitch. Paris: Inbetween Gallery / Shaw

Selected Solo Exhibitions

2012 - Life as a Night Porter, Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, Perm, Russia
2011 - Before and After Night Porter, Tokyo Photo
2014 - Life as a Night Porter and Weeds of Wallasey, Moscow House of Photography, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
2015 - Weeds of Wallasey, Exposure, Format International Photography Festival, Derby, UK
2016 - Night Porter, agnès b. gallery, Paris,


Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh
Tate, London: 72 prints
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Archive of Modern Conflict, London
Wilson centre, Hampstead, London
FRAC, for NANTES, France

Books from Chris SHAW