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


Education
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Fine Art with an emphasis in Photography, 2009
San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA
Master of Fine Arts in Photography, 2016
San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA


Solo Exhibitions
On the Side of the Road,  Paul Sack Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2015
Weaving Spiders Come Not Here, Paul Sack Gallery, San Francisco, CA 2015
Hand Painted Signs, Photobooth SF, San Francisco, CA 2014


Group Exhibitions
Looking Forward, Giving Back, SOMArts, San Francisco, CA 2017
SFAI Graduate Exhibition 2016, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA 2016
Utopia is Chaotic, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA 2015
Vision Quest, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA 2015
In the Moment, Harvey Milk Photo Center, San Francisco, CA 2013
Singular, San Francisco, CA Submission Gallery 2012
Black and White Photography Show, Harvey Milk Photo Center San Francisco, CA 2012
Process, MIM Gallery San Francisco, CA 2010
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 2009
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, CA 2008
Under the Influence, Martin Wong Gallery 2008


Teaching
2017 to Current, Digital Photography Teacher,  Walnut Creek Center for Community Arts
2017, Digital Photography, Young Artist Program, California College of the Arts
2016 to Current, Analog Teacher, Mentoring Program, First Exposure  
2016 Teacher Assistant, Undergraduate Program, Tools and Practices, San Francisco Arts Institute
2015 Teacher Assistant, Undergraduate Program, Black and White Photography, San Francisco Arts Institute  
2015 Teacher Assistant, Pre College Program, Darkroom Photography, San Francisco Arts Institute
Summer 2012 and 2013 Analog Photography Teacher, Children’s Creativity Museum C.I.T.Y Guide Program
2013 Mentor with First Exposure Program, mentoring underserved youth in analog and digital photography
Awards and Grants
Graduate Grant, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA 2014
Quick Grant Photobooth SF, San Francisco, CA 2013

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.