Gene Shaw has grown up around Rock 'n Roll since his high school days working at The Palladium in New York City going to three of four concerts a week. He started taking pictures there (with a borrowed camera of a friend) because of the unlimited access to the stars and performers. He went on the road with the Psychedelic Furs to capture numerous tours in the 80's. He's been the house photographer for numerous clubs and concert halls including The Ritz, Tattoo and Irving Plaza.
His pictures of B.B. King, Biggie Smalls, Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Whitney Houston have been seen in George, Vogue, Rolling Stone, People, Time, US Weekly, Rockbill, and Billboard along with many Entertainment Books. His photography can be seen in The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Time Life and Getty Images and Private Collections.
In 2014, Dover Publications published his book Eric Clapton/A Photographic Narrative, which is a 30 year photographic journey of Eric Clapton photography and serves as Shaw’s memoir.
"Within my photography there is a thought process. I’m just not happy to be given a photo pass and go shoot three songs or an entire concert. When you look at my images there is a presence from the artist that conveys a sense of being. I will wait during an entire song to capture a moment where the artists lose themselves in that instance. I’m not happy to photograph an artist in studio or live where it's just a pose or a smile for publicity. You will see many photographs that will show a place and time, but not capture a special moment at that place or time. It’s not only about being at the right place at the right time. My craft is to show you intimate moments that bring you closer to your loves that captured your imagination. It is best to love music and the ones who captured your heart through words, pictures and sounds."
Gene Shaw was born on Christmas Day in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.