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Life as a Night Porter [Hardcover]

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Chris Shaw spent ten years working in London hotels, all the while using his camera to both document the hotels unexpected human spectacles and keep himself awake through the long hours of his shift. Whether capturing prostitutes waiting between Johns, weary hotel staff, the inebriated and profligate guests, or the details of the hotels faded grandeur, Shaws images transcend the physical boundaries of a place, and instead capture a state of mind in which few people would choose to stay more than a night. "The thing I like most about the pictures is the large element of what I call the chance meeting, the times I was so tired I lost the artifice and techniques of photography. I just took photographs to keep me awake. It became artless. The people I photographed, these episodes in the social fantastic would heighten and illuminate my whole night, often making a difficult job and my twelve-hour shift bearable. The sum of the book is really a hotel of my own imagination constructed from several hotels I have worked in and some Ive stayed in as a paying guest. In reality these hotels bear little or no resemblance to my actual pictures. It just depends on how you look at things. In my experience heaven and hell are places right here on earth, and you can stay in either one." --Chris Shaw

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Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 12.25" Height: 16.75"
Weight:   3.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 7, 2005
Publisher   Twin Palms Publishers
ISBN  1931885508  
ISBN13  9781931885508  

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More About Chris Shaw

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Chris Shaw started his database career in 1993. He began by working with Lotus during his time in the Marine Corps. Following his time with the Marines, Chris continued working with databases for companies such as Wells Fargo, Pulte Mortgage, and Yellow Pages Inc. He later consulted with insurance companies, including Anthem Blue Shield and Admini Quest. Chris has been writing and speaking about SQL Server for over 15 years at events such as SQL Connections, PASS, and SSWUG Ultimate conferences. Chris was the Conference Director for SSWUG in 2008. Chris received the Microsoft MVP award in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and he just received his fourth MVP award in April 2012. He is the founding member of the Colorado Springs SQL Server User Group and presently is the Co-President. Chris has many featured articles on the SSWUG website, and he was a contributing author for SQL Server 2005 Bible (Wiley, 2006) and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives, Volume 2 (Manning Publications, 2011). Blogs, information, questions, quizzes, and interviews can be found at Chris' blog site at http: // He can also be reached on twitter at @SQLShaw or by email at

Chris Shaw was born in 1954.

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Beautiful  Oct 25, 2007
This is one of my favorite photo books of all time - Chris Shaw shows us the underbelly of 1 and 2 star hotel lobbies, staircases, and hallways during the darkest hours of the day - when unfortunate souls lock themselves out of their rooms nude, guests pass out in the lobby couches, and everything else you could ever imagine happens late at night. All photos are accompanied with Chris' handwriting scrawled around the border of the images. If you like Martin Parr's work, you'll love Chris Shaw's work - they share the same spirit. 3 thumbs up!
Pictures capture the chance meeting and the finer world of hotel life  Jul 24, 2006
Photographer Chris Shaw spent ten years working in London hotels, using his camera to document the hotel's patrons and oddities and keeping himself awake on the late shift. LIFE AS A NIGHT PORTER offers a shelving challenge to libraries; but as an exhibit piece or addition to a serious college-level photography library holding, it can't be beat. Pictures capture the chance meeting and the finer world of hotel life, with large-size, often murky, black and white photos of employees and residents alike capturing and documenting another night world. It's a rich world of the underworld and comes to life in Shaw's presentation.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch

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