About Shawn Michael Pridgen 

Shawn Michael Pridgen (b. 1983) is a documentary photographer and small business owner born in San Clemente, California.   After graduating from DePaul University with a B.A. in Political Science & International Relations in 2010, he attended DePaul’s the School of Public Service and completed coursework towards a master’s in public service administration (MPA) in 2014. 

While completing his masters, he worked as a Research and Policy Intern for the Chicago Housing Authority (2009-10), as a Clerk and Coordinator for the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), Office of Chief Counsel (2010-12); as a Human Resources Administrator, for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. Department of Justice (2012-13); and as a Legal Team Assistant, for Target Corporation (2013-14). From 2016 -2017, he was a Consultant for Northwestern University; then went on to become a Shared Services Coordinator for Octave Group until 2018. The following year, he served as a Business Coordinator for CNN; and was a Legal Personnel Assistant for Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in Manhattan (2019-20) before beginning his photographic career with the outbreak of the Black Lives Matter protests (2020 -21). 

His imagery has since appeared in INQUE Magazine, Harper’sThe GuardianOutsideThe Washington PostBicycleThe Point, Hearst Publishing, Tracksmith and GearPatrol.com. In 2020 he created ShawnMPridgen LLC; a documentary photography small business focused on the racial equity. He actively contributes his work to local nonprofits, activist organizations, and corporate entities who's mission statements align with and/or acting seek to  provide contribution(s) in the continuing struggle to provide representation and commercial visibility of undeserved communities; to take a stand in the fight for racial justice; and to create sustainable and actual racial equity, domestically and internationally. Collaborations with organizations include: Patagonia, The Laura Beya Collective,  Justice For George NYC, Warriors in the Garden, Riders 4 Rights, UnitedNY2020, Freedom March NYC, Signs for BLM, Bicycle Film Festival, Prospect Park Organization/NYC Parks, Bike for Good Glasgow West (Scotland), and Bridgebuilders. Shawn’s work appeared in the #ICPConcerned: Global Images for Crisis exhibition in Manhattan, NY.

Clients with projects focusing on unique and diverse subject matter are welcome to contact him directly. 

Additional information is available by request. 

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Allies, Clients, and Collaborations

Adobe 

Apple 

Bicycle Film Festival

Bicycling Magazine 

Bike for Good Glasgow West

Billingham Bags 

Black Men Run NYC (BMR)

Bridgebuilders.com 

British Journal of Photography 

Duke University, Archive of Documentary Arts

Duke University Press, Social Text

Freedom March NYC

Freedom Fighter Promotions

GearPatrol.com 

Google 

Harpers 

INQUE MAGAZINE

International Center of Photography (ICP)

Justice For George NYC

Leica USA

Misan Harriman 

MotivNY  

MPB.com 

NYC Parks 

Orchard Street Runners (OSR)

Outside Magazine

Patagonia

Parsons School of Design 

Photodom 

Prospect Park Organization 

Riders 4 Rights

Runner's World

Samsung Mobile USA 

Signs for BLM

Sitan Gym NY 

The Guardian 

The Laru Beya Collective

The Point Magazine 

The Washington Post 

Tracksmith 

Trials of Miles Racing 

Two Bridges Muay Thai 

UnitedNY2020

Warriors in the Garden

WhatWeSee.com 

Awards & Nominations 

2021

MPB.COM

Black photographers to follow: Part four

2020-21

Tracksmith Running Fellowship 

            Fellow/Selectee:               Photo Essay 

2020-21

Duke University

 Archive of Documentary Arts Collection Award 2020-2021


2020-21

ICP

Directors Fellow 

Press & Interviews 

ADOBE ARTIST DEVELOPMENT FUND SELECTEE
Welcome the second group of Adobe Stock Artist Development Fund recipients
TRACKSMITH JOURNAL
In Conversation With Shawn Pridgen Words By Lee Glandorf
GOOGLE ARTS AND CULTURE
Discover the unique documentary photography of Shawn Pridgen, selected as part of an instalment of Black Lenses Matter.

The Gram (Instagram) 

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