“Jonathan is steadily accumulating a distinctive and ground breaking body of work. Its technical accomplishment and its beauty are the product of a disciplined fascination with the relationship between photomechanical reproduction and time. The central issues of his work have remained constant yet he continues to find new and fruitful ways of exploiting them. He is a genuine original.”
Jonathan Shaw is a photographer, researcher and educator based in the UK. He is Associate Head of the Media department for Innovation, Profile and Research, at the School of Art & Design, Coventry University. He is responsible for ‘creative practice’ research as part of the Centre of Disruptive Media.
As an educator, leading the photography team he has pioneered free and open undergraduate photography classes #picbod (Picturing the Body) and #phonar (Photography and Narrative). These classes have been accessed by thousands of people all around the globe and the Photographic Mediations collection he curates on iTunesU has now been accessed over a million times.
In 2011 they successfully launched the worlds first free ‘photography class in an app’. The latest version #picbod 2012 has just been featured as ‘What’s Hot’ in Photography apps in iTunes.
Over the years, as a practitioner he has developed a fascination with the representation of time and movement in, and through, photography. His work can be seen as part of a long tradition of experimentation whereby the camera becomes both an instrument of scientific record and a tool for aesthetic exploration. Like that of his predecessors, Étienne-Jules Marey and Eadweard Muybridge, Shaw’s practice draws on a wide range of knowledge and skills. In addition to displaying the creativity and application of an artist, Shaw makes use of science, technology and engineering, frequently designing, building and customising camera equipment to more fully explore representations of space, time and movement.
In 2003 Time|Motion published by Dewi Lewis placed Jonathan’s work alongside the photographic pioneers Eadweard Muybridge and Harold Edgerton. Then in 2004 he was nominated for prestigious Paul Hamlyn Award. (re)collect a monograph on his work, was published by Pavilion in 2006. His latest publication Crash offers a unique experience and interpretation of his solo show at New Art Gallery Walsall is available from Cornerhouse publications.
Jonathan’s work can be found in the collections of Arts Council of England, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery and Birmingham Central Library Photographic Archive, as well as various private collections.
Commissioned work includes pieces for Volkswagen UK, the Manhattan Loft Corporation, and Nigel Coates’ book Guide to Ecstacity published by Laurence King Publishing. His work has been shown nationally and internationally including; New Art Gallery, Walsall, Art Center of Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Pavilion Populaire, France, Midlands Art Centre, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Penny School Gallery as part of the Muybridge Centenary celebrations in Kingston upon Thames, Lanchester Gallery (Coventry), F-Stop Media (Bath) and at the Howard Gardens Gallery as part of the the International Festival of Contemporary Time Based Arts, Cardiff.
He studied photography, graphic design and computer graphics at the University of the West of England between 1990 and 1996 and then completed a Masters degree at the Birmingham City University in 1997.