Lauren Shaw is a well-known photographer and documentary filmmaker whose work has been exhibited widely throughout the United States: Getty Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Art Institute Chicago, Library of Congress, High Museum, Farnsworth and Newark Museums. Her short documentary film: 2010, A Drop in the Bucket, won numerous awards and screened at film festivals and museums across the US. She completed her full length documentary, 2014, Angkor's Children, a film about Cambodia's cultural and artistic renaissance told through the voices of three young Cambodian women who are forerunners of the first generation after the Khmer Rouge genocide that killed two million people. It has screened at film festivals throughout the United States and Asia, as well as the Smithsonian Museum and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Angkor's Children won the platinum award at International Film Festival, Women, Social Issues, Zero Discrimination, Jakarta, Indonesia.
She is the recipient of two National Endowment Regional Grants, LEF Foundation Grant, and 12 Faculty Advancement Fund Grants. She was the first recipient of the Irma Stearns Mann Award at Emerson in 1993. She won the Excellence in Photographic Teaching Award: Santa Fe Center for Photography, 2004. Her photo exhibition Maine Women: Living on the Land, 2005, premiered at the Farnsworth Museum and traveled widely throughout the United States. The accompanying book, Maine Women: Living on the Land included an introduction by well-known art critic Lucy Lippard.