Born on Christmas Day in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Gene Shaw grew up around rock and roll, spending his high school days working at The Palladium in New York City. Borrowing a camera from a friend, he started taking pictures there, not wanting to pass up the unlimited access he had to stars and performers.
He studied photography with Jan Kather at Elmira College. Post graduation, he went on the road with the Psychedelic Furs to capture numerous tours in the 1980s. Gene has traveled all over the world as a photographer shooting for Eric Clapton’s fan magazine and fan website. He has also worked as the house photographer for numerous clubs and concert halls including The Ritz, Tattoo and Irving Plaza.
His unique take on photography has gained him many admirers and led to him doing shoots for some of the most recognizable artists in the world. Describing his process, Gene says, “I’m just not happy to be given a photo pass and go shoot three songs or an entire concert. When you look at my images there is a presence from the artist that conveys a sense of being.”
His pictures of Eric Clapton, Madonna, The Who, Neil Young and U2 have been distributed globally. His work has appeared in many publications including Vogue, Rolling Stone, People, Time, US Weekly, Rockbill and Billboard.
Gene’s photography can be seen in The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Museum in Cleveland, the Time Life Picture Collection and now, proudly, at Rock Paper Photo. He has over 40 classic photographs that hang at Irving Plaza in New York City, from rare concerts to backstage parties. Outside of music, his passion for wine has led him to travel to vineyards all over Europe to taste, promote and photograph vineyards. Gene lives in New York City.