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1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art

2020 Finalist

Jennifer Shaw

Jennifer Shaw is a fine art photographer whose work is based on both a world observed, and a world constructed, often focusing on the fleeting and personal within the sphere of her immediate surroundings. She grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography at the Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduation, she moved to New Orleans in pursuit of the artist’s life, where she currently teaches the disappearing art of darkroom photography at the Louise S. McGehee School. Shaw’s photographs have been featured in B&W, American Photo, Shots, Light Leaks, The Sun and Oxford American magazines, and online publications including NPR, Fraction Magazine, Lenscratch and One, One Thousand. Her first monograph, “Hurricane Story” (Chin Music Press), was named best photo book of 2011 by Photo-Eye and Brain Pickings. North Light Press published her second monograph, “Nature/Nurture,” in 2012. Shaw’s work is exhibited widely and held in various museum collections, including the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.