- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Phaidon Press; First Edition edition (May 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0714845078
- ISBN-13: 978-0714845074
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.4 x 13 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Stephen Shore: American Surfaces Hardcover – May 1, 2005
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The subsequent Light Gallery exhibition of the prints didn't go down too well it seems. Hardly surprising as the idea of wall mounting dozens of postcard size images of everyday houses, streets, commercial signs, motel bedrooms and their bric-a-brac (don't forget the toilets) and folks he met on the way all presented in a matter-of-fact style would hardly be considered fine art. But look through the book several times and 312 images start to come alive. Each one being the same size helps I think though there is an element of pacing in the way the book is laid out with sometimes four to a spread, others just have two or three. The flow is also dictated by placing them in historical sequence.
This book has the largest number of Shore's photos from his Seventies field trips and it really needs to be considered with his Uncommon Places: The Complete Works because American Surfaces tends to merge into it. I think Uncommon has some the greatest color work taken in the last few decades and if you look through both books it becomes clear, to me, that Shore is one of the leading American photographers.
Incidentally, Phaidon have published a sort of diary of Shore's travels: A Road Trip Journal complete with all the printed ephemera that one would accumulate from a journey across the Nation.
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