Paul Shambroom is a photographer whose work explores American power and culture.

Artist Bio

Meetings continues Paul Shambroom’s ten-year exploration of American power dynamics. Shambroom has photographed over 100 municipal and neighborhood meetings to date. Exhibitions of Meetings include notes, agendas, and minutes from the meetings photographed. The large-format images bear witness to the way power is handled in various settings, and implicitly speak to the dynamics among artist, subject, and viewer.

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Paul Shambroom

Paul Shambroom

Minneapolis, MN

Paul Shambroom is a photographer whose work explores American power and culture. For over twenty years, he has documented subjects ranging from industrial and office environments, the U.S. nuclear arsenal, small town council meetings and post-9/11 “Homeland Security” preparations and training. His most recent project is Shrines: Public Weapons in America. His photographs have been collected and exhibited by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, Arles Rencontres de la Photographie in France and the Nederlands Fotomuseum, among others. Shambroom has received many awards including a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and frequently lectures and teaches at institutions including Harvard University, Columbia College, Tulane University, Duke University, Otis College of Art and Design, Bard College and the International Center for Photography. Shambroom was born in Teaneck, NJ in 1956. He studied liberal arts at Macalester College in St. Paul and received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He lives and works in Minneapolis.