Born in 1964 in London, United Kingdom. Lives and works in London.
Shafran started work as a photographer’s assistant in London and New York in the early 1980’s. After being deported from New York in 1986 he worked as a commercial fashion and portrait photographer for such magazines as The Face, I-D, British Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar amongst others.
From 1992 he has made a division between commercial work and more personal projects.
Publications include Ruthbook (1995), Dad’s office (1999) both self-published and Edited photographs 1992-2004 published by Photoworks/Steidl.
His work has been shown at Tate Britain, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Photographer’s gallery and Max Wigram gallery, in London as well as being exhibited internationally.