October 8, 1947 |
New York City
Stephen Shore (born October 8, 1947) 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.
Life and work
Stephen Shore was interested in photography from an early age. Self-taught, he received a photographic darkroom kit at age six from a forward-thinking uncle. He began to use a 35mm camera three years later and made his first color photographs. At ten he received a copy of Walker Evans's book, American Photographs, which influenced him greatly. His career began at fourteen, when he presented his photographs to Edward Steichen, then curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). Recognizing Shore's talent, Steichen bought three. At seventeen, Shore met Andy Warhol and began to frequent Warhol's studio, the Factory, photographing Warhol and the creative people that surrounded him. In 1971, at the age of 24, Shore became the second living photographer to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.[n 1]
Shore then embarked on a series of cross-country trips, making "on the road" photographs of American and Canadian landscapes. In 1972, he made the journey from Manhattan to Amarillo, Texas, that provoked his interest in color photography. Viewing the streets and towns he passed through, he conceived the idea to photograph them in color, first using 35mm and then a 4x5" view camera before finally settling on the 8x10 format. In 1974 a NEA endowment funded further work, followed in 1975 by a Guggenheim grant and in 1976 a color show at MoMA, NY. His 1982 book, Uncommon Places, was a bible for the new color photographers because, alongside William Eggleston, his work proved that a color photograph, like a painting or even a black and white photograph, could be considered a work of art. Many photographers, including Nan Goldin, Andreas Gursky, Martin Parr, Joel Sternfeld, and Thomas Struth, have acknowledged his influence on their work.
Shore has produced many photobooks (listed below).
Currently Shore is the director of the photography department at Bard College, a position he has held since 1982.
Shore photographed fashion stories for Another Magazine, Elle, Daily Telegraph and many others. Commissioned by Italian brand Bottega Veneta, he photographed socialite Lydia Hearst-Shaw, filmmaker Liz Goldwyn and model Will Chalker for the brand's spring/summer 2006 advertisements.
Shore is represented by 303 Gallery in New York; Sprüth Magers Berlin London; and Rodolphe Janssen in Brussels. In 2012, Shore left his long-time commercial agency, Bill Charles Represents.
Catalogues and monographs
- Uncommon Places. New York: Aperture, 1982. ISBN 0-89381-101-7
- The Gardens at Giverny, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985
- The Velvet Years, Andy Warhol's Factory, 1965–1967, Thunder's Mouth, 1995
- Stephen Shore: Photographs 1973–1993, Schirmer Art Books, 1998
- Uncommon Places: 50 Unpublished Photographs, Verlag der Galerie Conrads, 2002
- Uncommon Places, the Complete Works, Thames & Hudson, 2004
- Uncommon Places, Aperture, 2005
- American Surfaces, Phaidon, 2005
- Essex County, Nazraeli Press, 2006
- Witness No.1, Nazraeli Press, 2007
- The Nature of Photographs, Phaidon, 2007
- Stephen Shore, Phaidon, 2007
- A Road Trip Journal, Phaidon, 2008
- One Picture Book #43 Merced River, Nazraeli Press, 2009
- Stephen Shore, Douglas Hyde Gallery, 2010
- Stephen Shore: Mose: A Preliminary Report, Walther König, 2011
- Stephen Shore: The Hudson Valley, Blind Spot Series, 2012
- 2012, Stephen Shore, Uncommon Places, Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow
- 2010, Les Rencontres d'Arles festival, France.
- Alfred Stieglitz had been the first. Michael Kimmelman, "Passing Mile Markers, Snapping Pictures", New York Times, May 18, 2007.
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- Stephen Shore's website
- Shore talks about his work at SFMOMA, April 2012.
- Stephen Shore information at 303 Gallery
- Shore's artist statement from Uncommon Places
- American Surfaces at PS1, 2005
- Photography program at Bard College
- Museum of Contemporary Photography
- Photo Eye
- Interview with Canadian critic Christopher Brayshaw
- Masters of Photography