© Stephen Shore, U.S. 97, South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 21, 1973
© Stephen Shore, Holden Street, North Adams, Massachusetts, July 13, 1974

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places

Stephen Shore is one of the great contemporary American color photographers and one of the early pioneers of color as well.

He has two books on photography– “American Surfaces” in which he took “snapshots” of his road trips across America with his 35mm camera. His second book was “Uncommon Places” where he once again went on a series of road trips, this time taking an 8×10 view camera and photographing more urban landscapes.

Stephen Shore’s work has been widely published and exhibited for the past forty years. He was the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since Alfred Stieglitz, forty years earlier. He has also had one-man shows at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; George Eastman House, Rochester; Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and Art Institute of Chicago and has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His series of exhibitions at Light Gallery in New York in the early 1970s sparked new interest in color photography and in the use of the view camera for documentary work.

Books of his photographs include Uncommon Places: The Complete Works; Essex County; The Velvet Years, Andy Warhol’s Factory, 1965 – 1967; American Surfaces, A Road Trip Journal, and Stephen Shore, a retrospective monograph in Phaidon’s Contemporary Artists series. Stephen also wrote The Nature of Photographs, published by Phaidon Press, which addresses how a photograph functions visually. His work is represented by 303 Gallery, New York; and Sprüth Magers, London and Berlin. Since 1982 he has been the director of the Photography Program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where he is the Susan Weber Professor in the Arts.

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