About Val

I got my first camera when I was seven years old. Animals were then, as they are now, my favorite subject. I stalked pond frogs and fed the seagulls to capture something that was then, unnamed. I did know, however, that the natural and spontaneous behavior of my fellow creatures was a window into something powerful.

My journey began when I bought a house in the country. I visited small barnyards and I loved them. The  unique and natural grace of each inhabitant was apparent to me.


Through the camera, I express reverence for my subjects, and share the gaze of a soul in an incarnation that is different  from my own.


This process takes me out of my busy head and into my expansive heart.

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Val Shaff

Solo Shows

2015 See Me Like This, Opera House, Hudson NY

2012 Holy Beings, Hammertown Barn Rhinebeck NY

2001 Beasts, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

2000 Beasts, Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, NYC

2000 Wall Street Gallery, Radison CT

1998 James Barker Gallery, Nantucket MA

1996 Animal Magnetism, Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, NYC

1995 Dog Show, Polo Country Store, Easthampton NY

1993 Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

1992 Indelible Images, P.S. 122 Gallery, NYC


Group Shows

2016 Time & Again, Instar Lodge, Germantown NY

2012 Testimony, Leslie- Lohman Center, NYC

2010 Snow White, Haddad Photographs, Hudson, NY

2009 Creatures- Valerie Shaff, John Dugdale, Margaret Saliske

2004 Nature Show, Haddad Lascano Gallery, Gt. Barrington, MA

2003 Biennial Photo Show, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

2001 PHOTO, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

1999 The First Opening, The New Gallery, Nantucket MA

1997 Portraits: 19th and 20th Century Photography, Marlborough Gallery, NYC

1997 Immortalizing Eden, Munderskiles Gallery, NYC

1996 Rice-Pollack Gallery, Provincetown MA

1996 James Barker Gallery, Nantucket MA

1995 Bridgewater/Lustberg Gallery, NYC

1994 Macnerry Center, Kinderhook NY

1992 Landscapes, Carrie Haddad Gallery, Hudson NY

1991 X Gallery, Nantucket MA


Museum Shows

1999 New Natural History, National Museum of Photography, Motion Pictures and Television, Bradford, England

1998 True Portraits of Dogs, Springfield Art Museum , Springfield MO

1997 Animal Magnetism, Kohler Art Center, Sheboygen WI



1997 Dog Show, Barney’s NYC

1996 Dog Show, Cafe Pongo, Tivoli NY



Purina, The Gap, Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart Living, In Style, Cigar Afficianado, Town & Country,  Hallmark, Harper Collins, St. Martin Press, Penguin Books, Vintage, Doubleday, Times Warner, Farrar Straus Giroux, Saatchi & Saatchi, Nickledeon, Humane Society of America, The Nature Conservancy, Helen Keller Foundation.



Jr. Blount Roy & Valerie Shaff, If Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits Of Dogs, 1998. Bulfinch Press Little Brown & Co.

Jr. Blount Roy & Valerie Shaff, Am I Pig Enough For You Yet, 2001. Harper Perennial

Jr. Blount Roy & Valerie Shaff, I Am Puppy Hear Me Yap, 2004. Harper Perennial

Jr. Blount Roy & Valerie Shaff, I Am The Cat , Don't Forget That, 2004. Harper Perennial

Valerie Shaff, The Future According to Kids, 2000. Roundtable Press