Since beginning his photography career in the early 1980’s, Shields’ work has been honored in numerous juried exhibitions at cultural centers throughout the world, and he is recognized as one of the influential fine art photographers working in the American South.
Among his credits are a Best of Show Award in the 15th Annual Savannah Arts on the River Festival, one of only two photographers to ever receive that prize. In 1996 his photography was included in the Red ClaySurvey, a biennial overview of Contemporary Southern Art sponsored by the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama, and his work was selected for the Permanent Collection of that museum. The same year, he had work included in the Southeastern Triennial, an important juried regional exhibit at the Mobile Museum of Art in Mobile, Alabama. In 1996 and 1997 his photographs were exhibited at the Alexandria Museum of Art in Alexandria, Louisiana and also in 1997 he was one of nine regional artists invited by the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia to participate in the Southern Exposure exhibit.
More recently, Shields was an exhibitor in the Experimentelle 16, a prestigious fine art invitational held at various European venues in the summer and winter of 2010. Nine of his photographs were selected for the show. He was the only photographer and the only American chosen for the exhibit and his work was featured in the accompanying catalog.
In 2014 one of his photographs was selected for inclusion in the LaGrange National Biennial XXVIII, one of the most respected juried fine art exhibits in the United States, and that work is now included in the Permanent Collection of the Lamar Dodd Art Center of LaGrange College in LaGrange, Georgia.
Shields is represented internationally by Getty Images of Seattle, Washington.