Alison Shaw

Alison Shaw is a fine art and editorial photographer who lives and works on Martha’s Vineyard. Alison first moved to the island in 1975 after graduating from Smith College, and took a job at the weekly newspaper the Vineyard Gazette, where she worked as a photographer and graphic designer for nearly 25 years. The island has provided the inspiration and subject matter for much of her color and black-and-white photography. Over 8000 of her original fine art prints are in public and private collections. Published books of Alison’s work include Raising the Salad Bar by island chef Catharine Walthers (Lake Isle Press 2007), Stone by Design by stonemason Lew French (Gibbs Smith 2005), Vineyard Harvest by Tina Miller (Broadway Books 2005), Finding Martha’s Vineyard by island summer resident Jill Nelson (Random House 2005), Vineyard Summer (Little Brown 1994), Remembrance and Light: Images of Martha’s Vineyard (Harvard Common Press 1984) and a children’s book of poetry Until I Saw the Sea (Henry Holt 1995). Alison’s work appears regularly in Yankee Magazine, Martha’s Vineyard Magazine and Cape Cod Life. She teaches photography workshops in Venice, Maine, Nova Scotia, Santa Fe and on Martha’s Vineyard for the Maine Media Workshops, Santa Fe Workshops, Rocky Mountain School of Photography, and the Alison Shaw Workshops. Alison works with her long-time partner Sue Dawson, who is also a partner in Alison Shaw Photography, the director of the Alison Shaw Gallery, and the designer of Alison’s books and other publications. Claire Cain manages the studio and does all of Alison’s fine art printing. Alison Shaw Photography and Gallery is located in an old single-engine firehouse at 88 Dukes County Avenue in the heart of the Oak Bluffs Arts District. Alison lives with her family on the shores of Farm Pond in Oak Bluffs.