Chris Shaw (born 1961) is an English documentary photographer.
Life as a Night Porter
In his 2006 monograph Life as a Night Porter, Shaw published photographs taken over a ten-year period whilst working as a night porter at certain London hotels, "all the time he kept his camera with him, recording in black and white grainy photographs the many strange events that he witnessed, taking pictures." In 2004 Alexander McQueen and Nick Knight chose the pictures as the winning entry in an Independent on Sunday fashion photography competition.
Shaw has printed several photographic series Sandy Hill Estate,(1989) Budapest Guide (1989)liverpool colour 86,night porter 1993-2008,soho/shoreditch 90`s,jungle(sri lanka 2009) Chat et Sourris(2009-2012)weeds of wallasey (2008–12)the polars(polaroid portraits)perm russia 2012,small mornings,2013,joshua trees 2013,- each of which has a book dummy-however only three books have been published they are LIFE AS A NIGHT PORTER(twin palms,USA, 2006) BEFORE AND AFTER NIGHT PORTER(kehrer,GERMANY, 2012)WEEDS OF WALLASEY(superlabo,JAPAN 2013)
Writing in The Daily Telegraph, journalist John Preston said, "Shaw remains an evasive, almost blurry character who seems to belong in the shadows and who can't bear being stuck in one place for too long." Chris Shaw and Erik Kessells collabotated on Kessell's book, The Worst Hotel in the World (Booth-Clibborn, 2009)
Mostly negative based and heavily worked hand printed archival fibre-based black and white or colour prints believes in a physical contact between the materials and the photographer that produces them to form a photograph .