Alan Shaffer

My father was an architect whose passion was photography. Earliest memories are at age four with him in a darkroom putting a seemingly blank piece of paper in a smelly liquid and watching an image appear. That magic moment still burns over five decades on.

Soon after graduating from Art Center College of Design, I moved from Pasadena to Venice, falling head first into the fine art crowd of the 1980’s. His first studio was two doors down from Terry O’Shea, an artist’s artist if there ever was one. O’Shea’s space was a gathering point. The regular characters were, Boyd Elder, Larry Bell, Susan Vogel, Doug Edge, Laddie Dill, Eric Orr, Ron Cooper, Lisa Lyons, Sauren Crow, Peter Alexander, Jim Ganzer, Stanley Grinstein, Joe Ray and that’s just scratching the surface. Terry took me under his wing. I gained the artists trust and respect allowing access to their process and lives. These portraits are a peek into my archives of over 36 years.

Archival Ink Jet
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