Work Books 1984 – 2018
4 Herald Street
18 May – 7 June, 2018
Wednesday - Saturday 12 - 6pm
Sion and Moore is delighted to announce its inaugural show, Work Books 1984 – 2018, a presentation of work by the photographer Nigel Shafran. The exhibition, which has been designed by Michael Marriott, is comprised of approximately 40 notebooks containing drawings, notes, small photographs and other printed matter, as well as films of the books – none of which have been shown in London before.
Shafran’s notebooks are the quotidian working ‘space’ in which he develops his ideas, but they also contain imagery and ephemera – such as car road tax discs, newspaper clippings, actual cut grass or his son’s first tooth— that are not geared towards a final photograph. The books reveal Shafran’s interest in recording lived experience and bestowing value upon the everyday. Writer David Chandler suggests they are ‘part workbook, part diary, part aide-memoire’ and also the basis upon which Shafran’s actual publications are conceived.