Monday, 14 November 2016

Rebecca Vassie Award 2016 and Oldham Remembers

I was delighted to find out that I was awarded as Highley Commended in the Rebecca Vassie Award 2016. Congrats to the other finalists and the winner see all info at

As part of my long-term project into Oldham's culture I decided to check out the remembrance day parade 2016: 

Monday, 7 November 2016

Oh When The Blues - Book Kickstarter

After two years of work I am finally ready to publish my book 'Oh When The Blues'. The book, tells stories of Oldham Athletic's community as well as exploring the theatre of football. I have followed these fans, who are now my mates, through thick and thin, rain and shine, to home and and away, and this book is the final outcome.

What I need help with however is to sell enough books (which are cheap for photo books) to afford the costs of printing- so I have set up a kick starter to do just that. By buying a book or one of the other rewards you are backing this project and doing me a massive favour, so please help spread the word as well!

I have 27 days to raise just over £2,000 through pre-sales so I will be sharing loads of pictures and stories from the book through my instagram - and twitter @davidjshawphoto so give those a follow as well. If I don't reach my target this book wont happen!

The Kickstarter Campaign: 

I decided to photograph the Oldham Athletic community after I attended an Oldham home match in 2014 against Scunthorpe. I was pleasantly surprised to find a group of fans both passionate about the club and sport but also very friendly. I started photographing shortly after and was swiftly invited to more games, people's homes, and of course, the pub. Since then I have made as many of the games home and away as I can and feel as though I myself, am also a fan. These pictures document the community through its highs and lows focusing on the many characters and supporters groups involved.

My hope is that a football fan of any club can feel affinity towards this work. For all the times we have got the train at silly morning hours to watch our team loose 5-0, those 9am pints on derby day and catching a frostbite that even the warmest cup of Bovril can't save you from; we have also felt the elation of that stoppage time winner.
This book, through pictures, explores the experience and culture of English football fandom through the story of Oldham's die hard supporters. 
The project includes stories, pictures and portraits from home and away games and a chapter about the Eagles and Owls football friendship between Frankfurt and Oldham. It has been published quite widely and some of these can see here:
or a large collection of images (but not nearly the amount in the book) can be seen on my website here -

The book will be 112 pages, soft-back 26x21 cm with over 100 full colour images professional printed and bound at ex why zedprinting and for these pre-orders - they will be ready by Christmas. An original print run of 200 is being sold however I am looking to print more depending on the success of this campaign.

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

VII Masterclass 2016/17 also home

I have just arrived in Berlin as over the next seven months I will be participating in the VII photo agency masterclass. It presents such a great opportunity to complete and expand my 'Parallel Lives' work in Oldham for which I am taking a new route. Can't wait to meet the photographers and my other colleagues and to gain a load of new ideas. To learn more about the masterclass go to -

A few days ago I came back from five months in SE Asia. Working for Rustic Pathways was awesome so thanks a lot to them. I have put up portfolios on my website from this work in the travel and NGO sections here:



I also worked on a new story about a community anti-drugs vigilante and rehab group in Kachin state in northern Myanmar which I am editing at the moment, as well as making a few films in Vietnam and Thailand. All to come soon, cheers.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Rustic Pathways 2016

A fair few days ago I arrived in Thailand to work for Rustic Pathways for a few months as a Photographer Guide. Its going to be a great few months and I will be shooting in Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. I will be updating my twitter and and Insta both - @davidjshawphoto as I go along and will occasionally put sets up on here as I go.


A few shots from the staff training week:

I am also starting a mini-series about local town centre economies:

Sunday, 14 February 2016

EXHIBITION - The Widows of Vrindavan - Salisbury Cathedral - Feb/ March 2016

I am really happy to announce that next week my first solo-exhibition will open at the magnificent Salisbury Cathedral. I am exhibiting my 'Widows of Vrindavan' work from India. The work will be displayed through a series of prints whilst a longer edit will be projected on the walls of the Morning Chapel inside the main Cathedral building and at times a sound installation of the Widows communal chanting will also be in playing. 

The Morning Chapel is a beautiful section of the Cathedral - have a look at a panoramic picture of the space here -
To get there go in to the main Cathedral entrance (donation voluntary) turn right when you are in the main room and head over to the left. Keep walking past the seating and there is a wooden door on your left that will lead into the area. Please check  for all info on parking, opening times directions ect. 

The exhibition will run from the 20th Feb to the 13th March and is being curated and was commissioned by Jacquiline Creswell, who I wish to extend my thanks to for this opportunity. 

Whilst editing my images for this show, I went though my old hard drives and found some great unseen and unused images. I will be sharing the newly found images through my Instagram:  and my twitter: @davidjshawphoto  along side some of the older ones as well over the next few weeks. I will also post these along side any exhibition updates on this blog post as well as the project info below. 

Some of the prints are framed and for sale from a previous show, follow the link for more info (they make great pressies)

If you would like to know anything more about the exhibition or the work give me a shout at, hope to see you there!


Project Info:

Vrindavan, India, 2014

The north Indian town of Vrindavan has an ancient history and is a sacred place for many prominent religions such as Hinduism and the Hare Krishna movement. The town is also home to thousands of widows, who traditionally spend their remaining years leading a life of religious dedication.
Living communally in ashram temples, they fill their time praying and chanting to Krishna in exchange for a bed and small amounts of rice and water. They also beg to eke out a living.
In recent years, traditions have been broken: NGOs and international fashion designers are training women in textile and other craft production, for which they are paid. New York-based designer Kopal visited Vrindavan and announced she was launching a new training project in partnership with Sulabh International. The project is part of a concerted recent effort by NGOs to develop skills and harness the market; shifting the emphasis from charity towards enabling widows to become economically self-sufficient. The widows are also provided with lessons in Bengali, English and Hindi literacy, as well as financial and healthcare support.
Widows, rejected as inauspicious and seen as a burden, are often sent to Vrindavan by their families. Living together with a sense of solidarity, they lead simple and poverty-stricken lives but with dignity and, for some, purpose.

A multi-media slide show of the work, please watch in HD: 

The Widows of Vrindavan - Breaking Tradition from david on Vimeo.


Tuesday, 5 January 2016


My 2015 review slideshow. Click on the pics to make them bigger.

I have had a great but hard year photographically, enjoy the shots...


I continued my Oldham Athletic project which has been so much fun, I even followed them to Berlin.

I am currently putting a book together, see more at -


Went to Poland for a few months with a Peter Kirk Scholarship and tried a new style of photography. More at -

Oldham Poverty (working title) 

My ongoing work in Oldham was originally a piece about poverty and benefit sanctioning, which it still is, however I have also moved on to a separate/ combined piece about much deeper community issues in the town as well as British-Asian cultural identity. This work was originally meant to take me a few months but I have now been slogging away at it for over a year. Looking back on it when I started shooting poverty in the UK this time last year, I wasn't prepared for quite how challenging it would be, so I am pleased I have spent the time on this. There is more info at however the full current edit is password protected until it is finished in May 2016. 

'Big Dave' lives in a tower that provides social housing for hundreds of people. It is run by First Choice Homes, a local housing association company. Dave was homeless for seven years before successfully bidding on the flat he now lives in. He receives state benefits as he is a full time career for one of his neighbours.

Refugees lines up for a food bank.

Bob who lives very close to Oldham in Ashton has had his welfare sanctioned many times. His most recent sanctioning was due to the benefit centre organising two meetings where his attendance was compulsory but near enough at the same time. He was late for the second and had all his income support cut from him. He had a breakdown in the welfare office and was arrested.

Due to the sanctioning of his benefits Bob's children are now in foster care and he feels he cannot afford to give them a good life. He now lives alone and is not fighting to regain custody of his children as he can see that they have a much better life with their foster parents who 'can even take them on holiday.'