Shane is a Berlin-based cinematographer, filmmaker and photographer originally from western Montana. He is a graduate of the University of Montana with degrees in journalism, German language and literature, as well as international development studies.

 

During college, Shane studied abroad at the University of Ghana, traveling and photographing the region extensively. In 2008 he worked as a photojournalist for the Chattanooga Times-Free Press where he covered the election in rural communities. In 2009 he was editor of the Native News Project, a magazine covering social issues in Native American communities across Montana.

In 2010, Shane moved to Berlin on a Fulbright scholarship where he learned filmmaking through projects with the film collective Autofocus, while also doing a photography internship at the Associated Press. In 2011 and 2012, he began freelancing for news organizations and his collaboration with Ecosia.org. In 2013 Shane took part in the production of the film Can't be Silent as director's assistant and editing assistant. In 2013 and 2014 he was the cinematographer for the feature-length documentary film Strassensamurai.

From 2014 to 2015 Shane taught documentary photography and filmmaking at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. In 2016 he was the studio manager to photographer Nan Goldin.

 

Since 2017 he as continued his work, focussing on visual and digital projects that explore human relationships to eachother and the planet.

 

His journalistic work has been featured in the New York Times, the Guardian, BBC, The Christian Science Monitor, Indian Country Today, Slate, NPR, and PRI's The World. His commercial and documentary clients include Urgewald, Ecosia and the Associate for WIldlife Protection, among others.

 

He is a lecturer at the Deutsche Journalistenschule. He also leads educational and design thinking workshops for corporate, non-profit, and educational organizations.

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