Uncommon Places

Uncommon Places

The Complete Works

by Stephen Shore and Stephen Shore

Hardback Publication Date: 15/06/2005

 
Published by Aperture in 1982 and long unavailable, Stephen Shore's legendary "Uncommon Places" has influenced a generation of photographers. Among the first artists to take color beyond advertising and fashion photography, Shore's large-format color work on the American vernacular landscape stands at the root of what has become a vital photographic tradition. "Uncommon Places: The Complete Works" presents a definitive collection of the original series, much of it never before published or exhibited. Like Robert Frank and Walker Evans before him, Shore discovered a hitherto unarticulated version of America via highway and camera. Approaching his subjects with cool objectivity, Shore's images retain precise internal systems of gestures in composition and light through which the objects before his lens assume both an archetypal aura and an ambiguously personal importance. In contrast to Shore's signature landscapes with which "Un-common Places" is often associated, this expanded survey reveals equally remarkable collections of interiors and portraits. As a new generation of artists expands on the projects of the New Topographic and New Color photographers of the seventies--Thomas Struth (whose first book was titled "Unconscious Places"), Andreas Gursky and Catherine Opie among them--"Uncommon Places: The Complete Works" provides a timely opportunity to reexamine the diverse implications of Shore's project and offers a fundamental primer for the last 30 years of large-format color photography.
ISBN:
9781931788342
9781931788342
Category:
Photography & photographs
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
15-06-2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
Aperture Foundation, Incorporated
Country of origin:
United States
Dimensions (mm):
266.7x323.85mm
Weight:
4.54kg
Stephen Shore

At the age of 17, Stephen Shore was a regular at Andy Warhol's Factory. By the age of 23 he became the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

An unrivalled pioneer in his field, his work has been exhibited in numerous museums worldwide and influenced generations of photographers.

In 1982 he was appointed Director of the Photography Program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he is the Susan Weber Soros Professor in the Arts.

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