PhotoVox: February 2023 – Curator’s Perspective: Archives & Legacy with Shawn Waldron


 Curator’s Perspective: Archives & Legacy with Shawn Waldron

SPEAKER | Shawn Waldron

WHEN | Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 6:30 pm 

WHERE | Online (via Zoom – link provided in registration email)

COST | Free for CPAC members*; $10 for non-members

*Member discount applied when you checkout for payment

ABOUT | For February’s PhotoVox event join us for a discussion with leading, independent photo archivist Shawn Waldron. Waldron is a New York City-based photography curator with 20 years’ experience working with photographic archives, collections and creators. Along with organizing dozens of exhibitions, he has written and lectured on photography for publishers and institutions in the US and overseas. He holds a master’s degree in Archive Management from Simmons College.

Topics will include:

A brief overview of Waldron’s circular career path in photography and archives, from stock photo agencies at the dawn of the digital era to a regional museum, then Condé Nast, and now with Getty Images

Different approaches to archival work compared to curatorial work as it pertains to artists/photographers

A real world example of designing an exhibition, and design considerations, as it traveled to two venues


In 2017, Shawn Waldron joined Getty Images as Curator of Print Sales and Exhibitions. He is responsible for the Getty Images Gallery exhibitions and content, oversees the offering on Getty’s e-comm wall decor business, and manages the archive of Slim Aarons, the 20th century’s premier lifestyle photographer. Shawn was editor and co-author of the 2021 monograph Slim Aarons: Style, is the voice behind @slimaaronsofficial, and is an Editorial Advisor for Musee magazine.

Prior to joining Getty Images, Shawn was Archive Director at Condé Nast for more than a decade. He revamped and modernized the storied publisher’s archival program and was founding curator of the Condé Nast Gallery at 1WTC.


PhotoVox is a monthly program offered by the Colorado Photographic Arts Center to help you strengthen your artistic voice with the support of other photographers and artists in the Denver Metro community. Meetings are held monthly at either CPAC’s downtown gallery or virtually on Zoom, and feature discussions led by local arts and community leaders. Three sessions per year are dedicated to portfolio sharing.