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Brooke Shaden Interview Part 1: How to Succeed in Fine Art Photography

By Pye Jirsa on May 8th 2013

Welcome back to another episode of SLR Lounge’s artist spotlight interview. Today, we have the highly popular and successful fine art photographer, Brooke Shaden. Known for her unique, fantasy-filled painterly images, Brooke has garnered many awards and avid admirers since she started shooting self-portraits several years ago.

Since then she has been showcased in numerous art galleries around the world, including Morren Gallery in Amsterdam and Joanne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach, California.

Brooke Shaden

In part one of the SLR Lounge interview, Brooke talks about she started out in film making instead of photography, but ultimately came back to photography. Then she talked about her experiences in starting out as a fine art photographer and what it takes to get your work into an art gallery.

For her, it started out with smaller galleries where she paid to have her work featured until she had enough in her resume to approach the more established higher end galleries.

Hope you enjoy the video!

Watch Part 1 of the SLR Lounge Interview with Brooke Shaden

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More about Brooke

Brooke Shaden was born in March of 1987 in Lancaster, PA, USA. She grew up near the “Amish Country” until attending Temple University. Brooke was photographically born in December 2008 after graduating from Temple with bachelor degrees in film and English. She now resides in Los Angeles, CA, USA with her husband and two cats.

She began creating self-portraits for ease and to have full control over the images, and has since grown into a self-portrait artist. Self portraiture for her is not autobiographical in nature. Instead, she attempts to place herself within worlds she wishes we could live in, where secrets float out in the open, where the impossible becomes possible.

Brooke works to create new worlds within her photographic frame. By using painterly techniques as well as the square format, traditional photographic properties are replaced by otherworldly elements. Brooke’s photography questions the definition of what it means to be alive.

You can see more of her work at her website,, and follow her on Facebook and her blog.

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  1. Joseph Prusa

    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. AJ

    I’ve been following Brook’s work for at least the past year & absolutely love it. Nice to hear how her style & career developed. Her story & work continues to inspire me! Thank you!

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