As a renowned photographer, editor, and non-profit director, Shane Lavalette has influenced nearly every facet of the contemporary visual world. In 2009, he founded Lavalette, an independent imprint publishing photo books from up-and-coming as well as established photographers. In addition to putting out a variety of limited edition monographs and multiples, Lavalette distributes Lay Flat, a photographic journal focusing on emerging and groundbreaking work.
Lavalette also serves as the director of Light Work, a Syracuse University-based organization devoted to supporting and mentoring artists through an impressive Artist-in-Residence program as well as exhibition and publication opportunities.
Lavalette’s photographic work has a strong narrative pulse, giving shape to people and places through subtle, evocative moments. His work has been exhibited at The Museum of Fine arts, Boston, Musée de l’Elysée, Aperture Gallery, the High Museum of Art, the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, among others. He has contributed to a variety of leading publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Vice Magazine, The New Yorker, The Wire.