Shawn Theodore, (b. 1970 Stuttgart)



Temple University, BA in Journalism, Public Relations and Advertising



The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage Fellowship, Nominee

Solo Exhibitions


'Church of Broken Pieces' Richard Beavers Gallery, NYC

'Future Antebellum', Art Sanctuary, Philadelphia, PA

'Ctrl+P', Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago

'Church of Broken Pieces', African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA


Shawn Theodore, xST', Breakfast, Santa Barbara, CA


‘The Avenues’, Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

'Street Scenes of Philadelphia', permanent exhibition at Odd Numbers, Osaka, Japan


Storyville Presents: The A / V / E : The Audio Visual Experiment’ Scribe Video Center

The Avenues, Uptown & GTown’, Imperfect Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Who Shot Ya’, Sedso Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Group Exhibitions


'InVision Photo Festival', Bethlehem, PA

'Spring Arts / 990 exhibition’ Philadelphia, PA

'We Are Stronger Together' Rush Arts Philadelphia, The Barnes Foundation and Art Sanctuary

'Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition', Philadelphia, PA

‘Other Articulations of the Real’ The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, Annandale-On-Hudson, NY

'Philadelphia Renaissance', Art Sanctuary, Philadelphia, PA


PRIZM Art Fair, during Art Basel, Miami, FL

OFF WHITE’, MoCADA Museum, Brooklyn NYC

‘Street Diaries’ Melbourne, Australia


'PPAC 6th Annual Contemporary Photography Competition & Exhibition', Philadelphia, PA


‘Art Takes Miami’, SCOPE Art Miami, Miami, FL


'Instacanvas Night Out' Hamilton Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.



Participant/Actor in ‘Suburban Invasion,’ Sanford Biggers in collaboration with Xaviera Simmons and  Michael Stablein as part of The Barnes Foundation’s ‘Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie’.



‘Aizen’ mural at 990 Spring Garden, in conjunction with the Mural Arts Program, Philadelphia, PA



Apple, QWERTY Campaign. Officially premiered during ‘Apple Special Event, October 2016’, please forward to 1:19:49 in video.


Apple, Instagram Launch Campaign: Instyle (main image), Yahoo Finance (main image),  TIME.

Featured Articles


Blavity: 'Philadelphia Artist Shawn Theodore Conveys The Essence Of Black Excellence In His Latest Exhibit'

6ABC: '6ABC Loves the arts: AAMP 40th anniversary celebration' Live Stream on Facebook

CBS3: African-American Museum Of Philadelphia Celebrates 40 Years

Fox29 Local Good Day: photog’s 1st museum show after inspiring Moonlight’s cinematographer

Blavity: '10 Dope Photographers That Should Be In Your Instagram Feed'

VSCO: 'Frame of Reference, Shawn Theodore'

CBSPhilly: 'Philly Street Artist Gets Exhibit At African American Museum'

6ABC Visions 2017: Celebrating Black History Month'

NBC10: 'NBC10 Celebrates Black History Month'

Philadelphia Inquirer / Philadelphia Daily News: 'Q&A with Shawn Theodore' 'Philly's Instagram-famous street photographer gets his first museum show' '8 ways to celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia'

PhillyVoice: 'Local street photographer's work to be displayed in African American Museum'


Huffington Post: "Dreamlike Photos Capture The ‘Vanishing Landscape’ Of Black Life In America"

Fields Magazine: Cover and story, 'Design Issue'

Culture Type: 'The 24 Best Art Magazine Covers of 2016'  

ThandieKay: ‘In conversation with photographer Shawn Theodore’

2015 global feature Secondary link, here.

Temple News: 'Focusing on the Unseen'

This Week In Photo: The Candid Frame Podcast, 'xST Shawn Theodore' (#293)

New Republic: 'Instagram Takeover'

New Republic: ‘Bearing Witness to Harlem's Gentrification’ (Ebony Magazine) ‘xST Captures Vanishing Black Neighborhoods’,

Sports Illustrated, 'Max Fennell continues to lead the way for diversity in triathlon athletes'

Yay! LA, 'Photographer Shawn Theodore Keeps Black Neighborhoods Alive', 'Meet the Photographer Capturing America's Vibrant Black Neighborhoods as They Disappear', 'Shawn Theodore's Photography Illustrates the Changing Landscape of Black Neighborhoods'

I-D (UK) / Vice (US) 'Shawn Theodore's street shots shine a light on America’s black neighbourhoods', 'Philly street photographer XST highlighted in beautiful video series'

Video documentary by Morgan Maassen

@Newyorkermag 'Instagram feature'

New Yorker Photo 'Instagram Takeover' @newyorkerphoto

2014, 'Fine art from an iPhone? The best Instagram photos from 2014'

New York Times, 'Buying the Bricks for Your Online Storefront', 'Everyone is Flawed and Beautiful'


Tucker & Bloom, 'Interview with Photographer Shawn Theodore xST'

2011, Seven Signs You Need a Break from Your Business.



Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style

The Virginia Quarterly Review (VQR), Summer 93/3, “Joy Comes In The Morning”


Smithsonian Magazine, Volume 47, Number 5, Cover. 

Fields Magazine, Cover and story, “Documenting Life Within A Vanishing Landscape of Black Neighborhoods”

HYCIDE Magazine, Dual Covers, Issue 8, Redux 1 and 2


New Republic, ‘Backstory: Bearing Witness to Harlem's Gentrification’

MORE Magazine, Vol. 18, No.8, “Shear Beauty”

JUMP, Issue #19, Cover and story, “The Student Becomes Teacher”


Out Of The Phone, The Mobile Photo Book

HXH Quarterly, Issue No.3 ‘Even In Darkness’


Snax Magazine, Fall/Winter ‘Dream Issue’


Selected works in limited editions are held in multiple private collections in the United States, Canada, Ireland, UK, Australia, Japan, Germany, and Italy. Notable collectors include Danny Simmons, Ali LeRoi, Miles Siggins, Morgan Maassen, Joel D’Anjou, and Dyanna Williams.



The Review Panel Philadelphia, An Evening of Critical Debate. Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA. David Cohen discusses this edition of the Review Panel, here on InLiquid.

 ArtBlog: Self-made saints – Dawoud Bey and Shawn Theodore at the AAMP

Philadelphia Tribune: 'Black resilience focus of AAMP photo exhibits'

ArtBlog: 'Philadelphia Renaissance is now on display at Art Sanctuary'


Artblog: '_xST / Shawn Theodore on Artblog Radio'

Teaching, Artist Talks, Panels & Lectures


Village Arts, Creative Photography Courses. Philadelphia, PA

Art Sanctuary, closing reception artist talk. Philadelphia, PA

Art Sanctuary, artist talk with PaFA Low-Res students, Philadelphia, PA

National Constitution Center 'Revolutionary: Artist Panel’ A conversation with four of the Revolutionary artists – Shawn Theodore, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Lisa Kelley, and Yasmine Mustafa. Philadelphia, PA,

African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA' Films at AAMP: ‘A Moving Image’ Screening & Artists’ Talk. Activist, scholar and artist Nehad Khader will moderate a discussion and audience Q&A between director Shola Amoo and photographer, Shawn Theodore.

African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA' Films at AAMP: ‘Black Girl + Merkato' A conversation between filmmaker Sosena Solomon and photographer Shawn Theodore.

African American Museum in Philadelphia, PA ‘Discussion with members of ‘Oh, Snap’ PPAC


First Person Arts Festival, National Museum of American Jewish History - Panelist, ‘My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me'. Philadelphia, PA

First Person Arts Festival, WHYY Studios, Philadelphia, PA Panelist ’A Letter to My Father / A Letter to My Son' Philadelphia, PA

Virginia Commonwealth University - Guest Lecturer ‘The Black Artist In Perspective’ (Secondary Link) To hear the interview with with African American Studies instructor Chioke I’Anson, PhD, please visit this link to Soundcloud. Richmond, VA

Temple University,  Aperture Agency - Guest Lecturer. Philadelphia, PA



‘Fevered Dreams, Fractured Times’, Mark Jason Weston at Imperfect Gallery