Lens-based artist Shawn Bush (he/him/his) grew up in Detroit, MI, a city whose civic history and geographic location have profoundly influenced how he thinks about physical space within American sociopolitical and socioeconomic landscapes. As a result, his photographs and collages are responsive to over-built systems, failing icons, and collapsing mythologies.

Bush earned an MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA from Columbia College Chicago. He is included in the 2022 Silver List, a 2021 recipient of the Aperture CreatorLabs Photo Fund, a 2021 Wyoming Arts Council Fellow, and a 2017 Lenscratch Student Prize winner. His debut monograph A Golden State won the handmade category at the 2016 Lucie Photobook Prize (NYC) and is included in the Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston, MA), Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece), and Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL) collections. A Golden State was published by Skylark Editions (Chicago, IL) in 2018. Bush’s work has been shown in various arts & culture publications, including Wallpaper Magazine* (London, UK), Dear Dave Magazine (NYC), FotoFilmic’s JRNL (Vancouver, BC), and Vogue (NYC). His second monograph, Between Gods and Animals was published by VOID (Athens, Greece) in Fall 2021. Bush is the founder of Dais Books and Assistant Professor of Photography at Casper College.  

Bush is available for commission assignments within the greater Rocky Mountain region.

Represented by Gallery Kayafas