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Paul Shambroom is a photographer who 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. His recent work expands his practice beyond straight documentary practice, involving found images, text and performance. Paul's work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walker Art Center, and many others. His photographs were included in the 1997 Whitney Biennial and he has had solo exhibitions at many institutions including the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, and galleries in NY, Chicago, San Francisco and London. His work has been published in four monographs: "Past Time: Troubled Visions of the Good Old Days" (2020), “Paul Shambroom: Picturing Power“ (2008), “Meetings“ (2004), and “Face to Face with the Bomb: Nuclear Reality After the Cold War“ (2003). Paul has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Creative Capital Foundation, and the Bush Foundation, among others. He was born in Teaneck, NJ and lives in Minneapolis.

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • BFA: Photography, Minneapolis College of Art and Design, 1978


  • Photography
  • Nuclear weapons
  • Democracy, electoral politics