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Nigel Shafran

Nigel Shafran is a photographer.

Starting out as a fashion photographer in the 1980s, now he prefers to photograph subjects from his personal life, from his wife to suburban garages. These photograph highlight the way in which we order our domestic surroundings tapping into a wealth of information about lifestyle and character revealed by 'everyday' objects and surroundings.

He was featured in the Tate Britain’s: 'How we are: Photographing Britain' in 2007, and has exhibited at the Photographer’s Gallery, the Frieze Art Fair, the Geffrey Museum, the Saatchi Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum.



Nigel Shafran
Exhibition, Film, News

Nigel Shafran has made a film called ‘Today Everyday’ about the BBC Radio 4 Today programme. 

BBC Radio 4’s flagship news and current affairs programme Today is the most popular programme on Radio 4 – with over seven and a half million listeners a week. It was launched in late October 1957, and – as part of it’s sixtieth anniversary – Shafran has made a series of video portraits of the presenters; which are now on display at the National Portrait Gallery. 

Filmed in and around the Today studio over three days in July 2017, John Humphrys, Sarah Montague, Mishal Husain, Nick Robinson and Justin Webb were questioned by Shafran about their daily lives. 

Speaking about Today Everyday Shafran says “my thoughts were concerned with how the Today presenters bring world events into our homes, but what is of interest to me are the details of people’s lives, the day – to – day domestic, the personal, non-events often overlooked, which include details such as eating habits, shopping lists, relatives talked to, memories.”

To see the video on the NPG youtube channel click here

Room 32
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place

From 31 October 2017


DoBeDo Contributor Nigel Shafran has been invited by Photoworks to create a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ for the Brighton Photo Biennal 2016, opening on Friday 30th September 2016.

A carefully edited installation, ‘Fashion Shows‘ combines unexpected images and objects that provide an alternative and visually rich view into notions of beauty as circulated by the fashion photography industry. The eclectic character of the installation is drawn out through objects including model cards and vintage beauty treatment manuals, creating connections that encourage us to examine the tools, strategies and distractions used by the fashion world.

Shafran will be in conversation with Professor Francis Hodgson on Saturday 1st October. Tickets are available here.

Fashion Shows‘ at BPB16 opens on Friday 30th September until 30th October 2016, at the University of Brighton Galleries – Dorset Place.

Image © Paul Elliman, Untitled from September Magazine, 2013.

Venue: University of Brighton Galleries – Dorset Place
Location: 6 Dorset Place, Brighton, BN2 1ST
Cost: Free
Date: 1st-30th October 2016
Opening night: Friday 30th September 2016 6-9pm

‘Work Books, 1984 – 2014′ by NIGEL SHAFRAN AT PHOTO HASTINGS 2014

DoBeDo contributor Nigel Shafran is exhibiting his sketchbooks as a part of Photo Hastings 2014 curated by Andrew Moran. 

He is showing thirty years of sketchbook work, diaristic notes, images and reflections in this show of his selected work-book pages, also with accompanying video presentations.

Click here to read more about it. 

TITLE: Work Books, 1984 – 2014
DATE: 13th – 26th October 2014, 12.30pm – 5.30pm Monday to Sunday
LOCATION: 6 Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings TN34 3DW


DoBeDo is excited to announce the release of ‘Teenage Precinct Shoppers’, a new book of Nigel Shafran’s work published by Dashwood Books.

There are two series of portraits of teenagers combined here, a black and white series shot in Ilford town centre in the suburbs of East London which originally appeared in i-D magazine in 1990. The second color series were shot in shopping precincts a few years later.

TITLE: Teenage Precint Shoppers
PUBLISHER: Dashwood Books 2013
DETAILS: Softcover
EDITION: 500 copies edition

‘Island Stories: Fifty Years of Photography in Britain’ AT V&A FEATURING NIGEL SHAFRAN
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DoBeDo contributor Nigel Shafran is part of a group exhibition at V&A.

Drawn exclusively from the V&A collections, this display features a selection of more than 80 photographs made in the UK since the 1950s. It focuses on individual projects, each of which tells a story. Collectively, they give a picture of life in Britain that reflects upon subjects ranging from landscape and industry to family and community.

EVENT: Island Stories: Fifty Years of Photography in Britain
DATE: 16 March 2012 – 21 April 2013
LOCATION: Room 38a, Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL