Chris Shaw

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Life as a Night Porter
by Chris Shaw
Publisher's Description
Chris Shaw spent ten years working in London hotels, all-the-while using his camera to both document the hotels' unexpected human spectacles and keep himself awake though the long hours of his shift. Whether capturing prostitutes waiting between “Johns,” weary hotel staff, the inebriated and profligate guests, or the details of the hotels' faded grandeur, Shaw’s images transcend the physical boundaries of a place, and instead capture a state of mind in which few people would choose to stay more than a night.

“The thing I like about the pictures is the large element of what I call the “chance meeting,” the times I was so tired I lost the artifice and techniques of photography. I just took photographs to keep me awake. It became artless. The people I photographed, these episodes of the social fantastic would heighten and illuminate my whole night. . . . The sum of the book is really a hotel of my imagination constructed from several hotels I have worked in and some I’ve stayed in as a paying guest. In reality these hotels bear little or no resemblance to my actual pictures. It just depends on how you look at things. In my experience heaven and hell are places right here on earth, and you can stay in either one.” -Chris Shaw
ISBN: 1931885508
Publisher: Twin Palms Publishers
Hardcover : 64 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 11.8 x 16.5 x 0.5 inches
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