Chris Shaw | TateShots

Finding himself homeless, Chris Shaw began working as a night porter in a hotel in order to have somewhere to stay. To help himself stay awake, Shaw began taking photographs.

Having originally studied photography at art school, Chris Shaw decided to document his experience of working as a hotel night porter. From naked drunk men who had locked themselves out of their rooms, to visiting comedian Norman Wisdom, Shaw captured everything.

In this TateShots film, Shaw also discusses his project Weeds of Wallasey which began when he went to visit his ailing father. Having found his original plan of photographing his parent too emotionally difficult, Shaw instead turned the camera on the area where he grew up, searching for life and nature amongst the industrial backdrops.


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