Born in 1964 in London, United Kingdom.
Lives and works in London.
Shafran started work as a photographer’s assistant in London and New York in the early 1980’s. After being deported from New York in 1986 he worked as a commercial fashion and portrait photographer for such magazines as The Face, I-D, British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar amongst others.
From 1992 he has made a division between commercial work and more personal projects. Publications include Ruthbook (1995), Dad’s office (1999) both self-published and Edited photographs 1992-2004 published by Photoworks/Steidl.
His work has been shown at Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Photographer’s gallery and Max Wigram gallery, in London as well as being exhibited internationally.
Nigel Shafran presented his work at the Rencontres d’Arles in 2008, nominated by Nathalie Ours for the Discovery Award: Flowers for _ _ _ _ [2004-2008] at the Grande Halle.