Toronto based artist Chris Shepherd uses the medium of photography to document the ever-changing urban landscape. Best known for his Subway series, his approach is directed by composition, colour and form and largely influenced by contemporary architecture, painting and sculpture. For the past decade, Shepherd has focused on capturing urban and pedestrian life in isolated moments of tranquility. Empty subway platforms, vacant storefronts, forgotten industrial spaces, or simply the abandoned nooks and crannies of ordinary spaces all become subjects of interest.
Shepherd's distinctive street photography has more recently been complemented by studio work that continues to explore composition, colour and form while simultaneously experimenting with the art of photography and the physical photograph as an object.
Construct is a series of interventions on physical photographic prints by Toronto artist Chris Shepherd. Largely influenced by abstract expressionist painters and sculptors from the 1960s onward, Shepherd plays with his fascination for geometry, colour, and the reduction of subjects and surfaces to their essential forms. Through shredding, cutting, tearing, folding, crumpling and other processes, Shepherd re-configures his existing images into sculptural objects. These new sculptures are then re-photographed, resulting in an image that prompts viewers to re-evaluate the conventional language of photography. Views of sky, urban greenery, and industrial parking lots infuse Shepherd's experiments in medium with a distinct quality of the everyday. Memory, nostalgia, documentation and other established tropes of photography become secondary to form and object, activating dialogue about the very definition of the medium itself.
Shepherd’s work has been exhibited across North America, and is included in major corporate collections in Canada. Most recently a number of his works were acquired by the HBC Global Art Collection in New York.