Matthew Shain


Matthew Shain (born and lives in San Francisco, CA) is a photographer whose work explores paradoxical space and collective memory. Shain received a BS in Journalism/Creative Advertising from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000. Realizing that he found the ontology of images more compelling than the commercial information his work at the time actually carried, Shain furthered his education in visual art, earning a BFA in Photography from California College of the Arts in 2005 and an MFA in Visual Arts from University of California, Riverside. He has exhibited at Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL; Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Barrister’s Gallery, The Front, all in New Orleans, LA; Aperture Foundation and Humble Arts Foundation, both New York; San Francisco Camerawork; and Riverside Art Museum, CA. Shain’s work can be found in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Special Collections of Rivera Library at UC Riverside. He also has published in several periodicals, including Harper’s Ferry Review, New York Magazine and Time Magazine, and Vice. He is the recipient of a Gluck Foundation Fellowship from Culver Center/Sweeney Gallery, Riverside.

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