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Stephen Shore: Survey


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Stephen Shore is an American photographer known for his images of banal scenes and objects in the United States, and for his pioneering use of color in art photography. In 2010, Shore received an Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society.


This substantial catalogue, published by Fundacion Mapfre/Aperture, is--surpisingly--the first to explore Shore's remarkable life and career in depth. The selection of 250 images spans six decades and includes his rarely exhibited black-and-white work: New York street pictures, including a gritty bunch from the mid-'60s and a more stately one from 2002; nature studies in Essex County, New york, taken in 1990; and a portrait from Luzzara, Italy, taken in 1993. There are chapters highlighting his familiar style in color with a view camera--Ukraine and Arizona landscapes--as well as one on his embrace of digital print-on-demand technology. But the bulk of the plates and writings here are devoted, rightfully, to the 70's, when Shore completed two exceptional projects, American Surfaces and Uncommon Places. It is hard to imagine them as products of the same artist, so antithetical do they seem in how they are organized and in what subjects they memorialize. -Bookforum
An exploration of Stephen Shore's groundbreaking photography split into three parts, Survey dissects the complex ideas behind Shore's deceptively straight-forward images. -TIME Lightbox
Shore revolutionized photography with his colleagues with color, an aesthetic shift that mirrored Warhol's fascination with industrial/mechanical processes and the serial reproduction of images. -Time
Stephen Shore was part of a remarkable generation that reinvented the medium, subordinating the excessive beauty of color film to a formal discipline -The New York Times
Shore used seemingly unimportant elements of the landscape--lampposts, fences, blank walls and sidewalks--to frame back alleys and gasoline strips, imbuing them with a kind of wistful poetry. -The New York TImes

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