Author(s): Stephen Shore
Stephen Shore has had a significant influence on multiple generations of artists and photographers. Even for the youngest photographers working today, his work remains an ongoing and indisputable reference point. This book copublished with Fundacion MAPFRE in conjunction with the first-ever retrospective exhibition, includes over 250 images that span Shores impressive and productive career. The images range from 1969 to 2013, with series such as Early Works, Amarillo, New York City, American Surfaces, and Uncommon Places, among others. Stephen Shore: Survey elucidates Shore's contributions, as well as the historiographical interpretations of his work that have influenced photographic culture over the past four decades. Both the exhibition and the narrative of the catalogue are conceptualized around three particularly revealing aspects of Shore's work, including his analysis of photographic and visual language, his topographical approach to the contemporary landscape, and his significant use of color within a photographic context.
This substantial catalogue, published by Fundacion Mapfre/Aperture, is-suprisingly-the frist to explore Shore's remarkable life adn 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 200; 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 of 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 organised and in what subjects they memorialize.--Richard B. Woodward"Bookforum" (12/01/2014)