Patric Shaw was born on a British Army base in West Germany, and traveled extensively while growing up. After spending time in Cyprus, Singapore, Malaysia, and England, his family settled in Australia. He studied Fine Art and Painting at the University of Western Australia. His paintings were exhibited at various galleries around Australia.
Patric Shaw's career as fashion photographer came about while he was working as a fashion illustrator for Vogue Australia. He moved to Paris in 1992 and began a career in fashion photography. He has since shot for Flair, German Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Allure, Elle, W, Vogue and Dutch. He currently lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.