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Product Details

  • Series: Art. Contemporary artists
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Inc.; First Edition edition (March 26, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714846627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714846620
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This survey of photographer Shore's images juxtaposes some of his precociously early work as part of Andy Warhol's Factory with the now classic color photographs of American life from the '70s and Shore's most recent black-and-white pictures. The book is organized into four sections, each focusing on a different set of images. Art historian Fried's disorganized interview with the artist kicks things off with a selection of images from Shore's two career-making books, Uncommon Places and American Surfaces. Critic Lange's wordy overview of Shore's artistic progression examines images from the same periods as the books. Photographer Sternfeld contributes an in-depth analysis of one photograph, taken in 1974, of a street in a small town in Massachusetts. The book closes with images selected by Shore himself, alongside his own writing and extracts from texts that he admires, including a paragraph about Chinese poets, who accept the world exactly as they find it in all its terms, and with profound simplicity therein find sufficient solace. It's a shame that Shore's section isn't longer, as that line perhaps explains his exceptional body of work more completely than any of the learned musings that precede it. (June)
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'fascinating' Metro 'One of the most remarkable, yet understated imagists of modern photography ... Shore's skill at capturing mundane scenes and transforming them into crisp, fascinating images is unparalleled.' Gay Times

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on October 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Stephen Shore was a child prodigy of photography, taking his first photo by age 6 and exhibiting by age 14. By age 35 he was Director of the Photography Program at Bard College. This survey of his career and works pairs full-page black and white and color photos - many images published here for the first time - with a survey of his career. From inspirations to choices, the details are extensive and revealing making for a title highly recommended for any college-level art library specializing in modern photographers.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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0 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Edwin on February 6, 2010
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Interesting photography - liked most of it - some of the shots just didn't do much for me.
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