b. San Francisco, 1978
Matthew Shain earned a BS in Journalism with an emphasis on 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 pursued a second degree in visual art, earning a BFA in Photography from California College of the Arts in 2005. Wanting to push his practice further, he pursued a graduate degree from UC Riverside, earning an MFA in 2012. After that experience, while living in Los Angeles, Shain was fortunate enough to start working closely with MacArthur Fellow Uta Barth as an artist assistant and studio manager. They worked together for two and a half years until Shain moved to New Orleans to teach photography at Tulane University. It was in New Orleans where his Post-Monuments project began. Shain has since had to move back to San Francisco, but maintains a close connection to NOLA.