Brian Zachary Shapiro (b. 1987, San Francisco USA)

brianzshapiro@gmail.com brianzshapirophotography.com (650) 207-6097


Education

Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, San Francisco State University 2009

Exhibitions

TBD Hand Painted Signs, Phootbooth SF

2013 In the Moment, Harvey Milk Photo Center

2012 Singular, Submission Gallery

2012 Black and White Photography Show, Harvey Milk Photo Center

2010 Process, MIM Gallery San Francisco

2009 Salon De Refuse, Martin Wong Gallery San Francisco State University

2009 Stillwell Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery San Francisco State University

2009 Regions and Realms, Martin Wong Gallery San Francisco State University

2008 Under The Influence, Martin Wong Gallery San Francisco State University

2008 Salon De Refuse, Martin Wong Gallery San Francisco State University

2008 Stillwell Exhibition, Fine Arts Gallery San Francisco State University

2008 Under the Influence, Martin Wong Gallery San Francisco State University



Teaching

Summer 2012 and 2013 Analog Photography Teacher, Children’s Creativity Museum C.I.T.Y Guide Program

2013 Mentor with First Exposure Program, mentoring under-served youth in analog and digital photography



Awards and Grants

Winner of 2013 Quick Grant sponsored by SF Photobooth, Spring 2013

 

Biographical Statement

Brian Z. Shapiro grew up in the suburbs of the San Francisco and picked up photography at 15 years old after seeing Michelangelo Antonioni’s film “Blowup”. Working out of the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco, he chooses to photograph while in public, preferring hand held cameras to those on a tripod. Influenced by the early street photographers and photojournalist who founded Magnum Photo Agency, the color photographers of the 1970s and 80s like Martin Parr, William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, and the “New Hollywood” films of the 1970s, he was inspired to documenting contemporary life. He focuses in photographing in public space rather than a studio, feeling the need to capture images not only for artistic purposes, but to also create historical archives for future audiences.   

Growing up in the suburbs, he became fascinated with urban areas and the idea of the interconnectedness of its residents. Influenced by Starting in his teenage years, he began to make regular trips into downtown San Francisco with his camera to explore these ideas through photography.

Following this passion, he received his Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University with an emphasis in Art with an emphasis in Photography and teaches a class in analog black and white photography as part of the Children’s Creativity Museum’s C.I.T.Y Guide Program, introducing teens to traditional photographic techniques.  In addition, he is a mentor in the First Exposure program, mentoring teens one on one in the art of digital and analog photography.