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

Bush earned an MFA in Photography from Rhode Island School of Design and a BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago. He is a 2021 recipient of the Aperture CreatorLabs Photo Fund, a 2021 Wyoming Arts Council Fellow and a 2017 Lenscratch Student Prize winner. His debut artist book A Golden State won the handmade category at the 2016 Lucie Photobook Prize (NYC) and included in several noted collections, including the Griffin Museum of Photography (Boston, MA), Benaki Museum (Athens, Greece), and Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL). 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), FotoFilmic’s JRNL (Vancouver, BC), and PDN Magazine (NYC). His most recent monograph, Between Gods and Animals was published by VOID (Athens, Greece) in Fall 2021. Bush is the founder of Dais Books and Associate Professor of Photography at Casper College.  

Represented by Gallery Kayafas