Born and raised in Harlem, NY, Shawn Walker has a BFA from Empire State College and is a founding member of Kamoinge, the longest existing Black photographers’ collective. A professional photographer for more than 50 years and a photographic educator for more than 40 years, he has traveled extensively and exhibited, lectured and been published throughout the world. A photographic artist, he is also a master black and white printer.
Exhibitions have included The Smithsonian Institute, The Brooklyn Museum, Steven Kasher Gallery (40 year retrospective), Vassar College, The International Center of Photography, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Whitney Museum, Cinque Gallery, PS1, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Danbury Academy of Fine Arts (with Edward Steichen), etc. His work is included in the permanent collections of MOMA (NY), Schomburg Center, The Brooklyn Museum, Carnegie Museum of Art, National Gallery of Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Art, NY Public Library, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Blue Nile Institute (Ethiopia) and others.
Publications include work in Timeless: A Photographic History of Kamoinge, Black Renaissance Noire, Reflections in Black: A History of African-American Photographers 1840-1999; New York: A History in Images; The Afro-American Encyclopedia; Culturefront; New World; Black Issues Book Review Magazine; Traditional Music: Gospel Songs; Hommes Y Migrations; An Illustrated Biography of Black Photography 1940-88; Light Works; Nueva Luz; River Styx; Essence; Black Photographers Annual and many others.
Mr Walker’s work is collected in more than 20 different portfolios. He has taught in the New York City University system and at the International Center of Photography; lectured widely and served on the Board of The New York Foundation for the Arts.