Snapshot: ‘Bookshelves’ (2004) by Nigel Shafran

The British photographer Nigel Shafran, born in 1964, made his name during the 1990s with his work for fashion and architecture magazines. His pictures of ordinary, everyday subject matter are quiet and understated, often capturing the small rituals of domestic life. One set of photos, taken between 1996 and 1998, concentrates on the contents of the rooms in which his father had once worked; another takes as its theme the random arrangements of washing-up piled on the draining board at home.

“Bookshelves (Archive Bookshop)” was taken in London in 2004 and is currently on display as part of a group show at the Contemporary Art Society, London, alongside works by sculptor Phyllida Barlow and artist Richard Wentworth.

“What’s interesting to me”, Shafran once explained, “are the things on the edges that are not meant to be there – the soap packet, the bit of litter, the things that we can relate to and which hold that everydayness.”

On show at the Contemporary Art Society, London EC1, until April 16;

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