Shaun Pierson (b. 1997) is an American fine art photographer based in New York City. He attended Rowan University where he received his BA in Radio/Television/Film in 2019 and is currently an MFA candidate at the Yale School of Art. During his undergraduate studies, Shaun began to explore photography as a tool to excavate the recesses of his childhood. To further understand his recurring feelings of nostalgic yearning and to come to terms with a troubled upbringing, Shaun began to loosely recreate childhood memories with his immediate family members as subjects in locations from his youth. The product resulted in his first ongoing photo series: the autobiographical fantasy “Alvine Road”. His work has since been shown at the Midwest Center for Photography, the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, the Foley Gallery in New York City, and has also been featured in publications such as Vogue Italia and i-D Italy. 

Education

2023, MFA (Candidate), Yale University, New Haven CT

2019, BA, Rowan University, Glassboro NJ

Group Exhibitions

2020, Donald M. Robinson Photography Biennial, Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art, Loretto, PA 

2020, Southeast Center for Photography Juried Exhibition, Family, Greenville, South Carolina

2020, Midwest Center for Photography Juried Exhibition, Wichita, Kansas

2019, Rowan Art Collective Juried Exhibition, Rowan University Art Gallery, Glassboro, NJ

2019, President's Showcase, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

2018, Emerging Artists, Pitman Art Gallery, Pitman, NJ

Solo Exhibitions

2019, Alvine Road, Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ

Awards

2021, Feature Shoot Emerging Photographer Awards, Winner

Selected Press and Print Publications

2020, YWYW Magazine, Interview

2020, i-D Italy, "The photographer who immortalized the traumas of his childhood as an adult"

2020, Vogue Italia, Photograph

2020, Paper Journal Magazine, Feature

2019, Ain't Bad, Feature

2019, FotoRoom, "Shaun Pierson Comes to Terms with His Family Members by Photographing Them"

2019, C41 Magazine, "Shaun Pierson's fragments of memory between beauty and intimacy"

2019, Booooooom, "Photographer Spotlight: Shaun Pierson"

2019, Photo Emphasis, "Project Spotlight: Alvine Road"

2019, The Bosco Magazine, Feature

2019, Don't Take Pictures, "Photo of the Day"

Portfolio Reviews

2020, Vogue Italia Photo Vogue Portfolio Review

Visiting Artist

2020, Rowan University, Guest Lecturer

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