Colin Boyd Shafer (b. 1983) is a Canadian documentary photographer and social sciences educator born in Kitchener, Ontario. Shafer holds an MSc in Political Economy of Violence Conflict and Development from the School of Oriental and African Studies.
In 2016, Shafer was chosen by the Governor General of Canada to photograph inspiring Order of Canada recipients. These portraits are featured in Figure1 Publishing's They Desire A Better Country (2017), a book that commemorates Canada’s 150th anniversary and the 50th anniversary of the Order of Canada.
Shafer's recent photography projects include INTERLOVE which tells interfaith love stories in Ontario, and Cosmopolis Toronto, a project that features someone from every country of the world who now calls Toronto home.
Shafer's work has been featured widely in the media, including National Geographic, The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The New Internationalist, BBC News, 6Mois, Foto8, F-Stop Magazine as well as CTV, CBC and Global National News channels. Shafer also presented on his project Cosmopolis Toronto at TEDxToronto and at the United Nations Alliance of Civilization's Global Forum.
Shafer lives in his hometown Kitchener and is currently open to new assignments.