For more than thirty years, Barry Shaffer has been a dentist, an educator, an international volunteer, a parent and a photographer. His experiences in all of these areas taught him that most people, whether they are anonymous individuals from the most remote corners of the globe or well-known Hollywood celebrities, share the same needs and have strikingly similar hopes, dreams and desires. With his photography, he strives to convey this human universality. By making his photographs and professional skills available to nonprofit organizations, he hopes to engender better understanding among people, help those struggling for life's basic needs and do his small part to create a better planet.
Barry received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Southern California, completing his studies in 1974. After an educational hiatus of many years, he was fortunate enough to be able to pursue his lifelong passion, and in 2003 he enrolled in the professional photography program at the Brooks Institute of Photography. Over the next three years, he had the privilege of studying with some of the finest photographers in the world.
Since then, his photography has taken him deep into the multi-racial and ethnic neighborhoods that make up the diverse city of Los Angeles, as well as to distant points around the globe. Barry continues to meet and photograph extraordinary people and some of the world's most exquisite landscapes all for the benefit of social and environmental causes. His work has been exhibited at the Telluride Mountain Film Festival, American Film Institute, Raleigh Studios, The Bridge Gallery in Los Angeles City Hall, and selected as Los Angeles Artcore's 2010 Curator's Pick of the Year Award for Quiet Heroes ~ Over 80. His work can also be found in the permanent collections of the Exceptional Children's Foundation of Los Angeles, The Tribal Trust Foundation, the Nepal Mission to the United Nations, and many more.
Later in 2015, Barry and his wife, Barbara will be traveling as guests of the Bhutanese Government to photograph their landscapes, cities and people. The goals of the project are numerous, but Barry hopes to capture "happiness" in light of Bhutan's unique government policies under the guiding principles of Gross National Happiness.