1000 Words Talk

Simon Baker in Conversation with Chris Shaw

11—11 apr 2012


1000 Words is pleased to present Before and After the Night Porter, a conversation with Simon Baker and Chris Shaw, in collaboration with Daniel Blau Ltd.

During Tokyo Photo Fair 2011, Simon Baker, Curator of Photography and International Art at Tate, presented the work of British photographer, Chris Shaw, together with Japanese post-war, avant-garde photographers of the Provoke movement, Eikoh Hosoe, Daido Moriyama, Kirkuji Kirwada, Takuma Nakahira, Masahisa Fukase and Ikko Narrahara, who, from a distance, served as a major inspiration to Shaw’s attitude and approach beginning with his celebrated book, Life as a Night Porter. The evening’s discussion will examine Baker and Shaw’s passion for Japanese photography and its influence on Shaw’s practice.


Chris Shaw began working in London hotels in 1993 and over a ten year period he created what would become Life as a Night Porter which was published in 2006 by Twin Palms. Born in 1967, Shaw studied photography at the West Surrey College of Art and Design at Farnham, graduating in 1989, and has had solo exhibitions at the Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool, GUP Gallery in Amsterdam and 779 Gallery in Paris. Shaw has also been shown as part of Paris Photo and Arles Photography Festival in 2005.  He lives in Paris. His work was featured in issue 12 of 1000 Words.


Simon Baker is Curator of Photography and International Art at Tate. He is Tate’s first curator of photography and joined in 2009 from the University of Nottingham, where he was Associate-Professor of Art History. He has researched and written widely on surrealism, photography, and contemporary art; and co-curated the exhibitions Undercover Surrealism: Georges Bataille and Documents (Hayward Gallery, London, 2006) and Close-Up: Proximity and defamiliarisation in art, film, and photography (The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, 2008).


This event runs from 7 pm at 51 Hoxton Square, London N1 6PB.

Our talks are open to everyone. We recommend booking early to avoid disappointment. Numbers are limited to 60 people.

Tickets to this event are no longer for sale online. There will be a limited number of tickets available for £5 on the door on a first-come first-served basis.