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Work / Photography

Photographer Nigel Shafran records the common threads of domestic scenes

In a new book published by Mack, British photographer Nigel Shafran, whose work appeared in The Face and i-D in the late 80s, records the details of a series of domestic scenes. From supermarket checkouts to the monotony of escalators and household chores, Shafran’s observational photographs convey the universal nature of these transitory and repetitive moments. It’s in his series documenting the inventory of possessions in his mother’s last house that the work begets emotional charge. Otherwise inconsequential details such as mops, rakes, broken tiles, mugs, rolls of paper and mottled sponges suddenly become monumental.

The photographs in Dark Rooms are accompanied by texts by David Chandler and Paul Elliman, and the book is co-edited by Liz Jobey.

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Nigel Shafran: Dark Rooms, published by Mack

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Nigel Shafran: Dark Rooms, published by Mack

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Nigel Shafran: Dark Rooms, published by Mack

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Nigel Shafran: Dark Rooms, published by Mack

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Nigel Shafran: Dark Rooms, published by Mack