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Stephen Shore: American Surfaces [Paperback]

Stephen Shore

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June 18 2008
AMERICAN SURFACES is a highly influential body of work by a master photographer who helped establish colour photography as a legitimate medium of artistic expression. The book is comprised of a chronological sequence of photographs of vernacular America taken in the early 1970s, most of which are previously unpublished. These photographs have been widely exhibited and discussed throughout Europe and the United States. AMERICAN SURFACES is styled as a photo-diary of Shore's travels across America, bridging the gap between the road trip tradition of Walker Evans and Robert Frank and the fascination with the ordinary exhibited by Bernd and Hilla Becher and Martin Parr. This new paperback edition is a must-have for everyone interested in the history of twentieth-century photography, and it is perfect for art and photography students.

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'[Shore's] exquisitely composed colour photographs became the benchmark for documenting our consumer-driven, fast-living world.' Lexus magazine '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 'Stephen Shore's American Surfaces covers rather familiar territory from 1972 and '73, yet it feels like a gift, and comes wrapped in that. The book itself-just and inch or so wider than a standard hardcover-is being sold inside a pouch mocked up to look like a bright yellow-orange Kodak color-finishing envelope...brilliant.' Art and Auction 'Looking at the pictures is like immersing yourself in a stranger's scrapbook, but in Shore's eyes, these people, these places, these plates of food are at once generic and iconic. ...a coffee cup on wood-grain Formica or the dusty sole of a woman's bare foot is transformed into a casual epiphany.' Vince Aletti, The New Yorker 'A wonderful collection of snap-shot photographs taken at the beginning of a remarkable career.' Picture

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At the age of 17, Stephen Shore (b.1947) 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, New York where he is now the Susan Weber Soros Professor in the Arts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Shore Aug. 15 2009
By W. Rosen - Published on Amazon.com
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While I prefer Uncommon Places, this is still an outstanding collection of early color photography and road trip imagery. If you can find it pick up a copy of the hardcover edition which comes housed in an old fashioned Kodak style film bag.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for understand contemporany photography March 29 2014
By Will - Published on Amazon.com
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Stephen shore's classic. A important book for the contemporany photography. Everybody should have one. Really importante to understand the american paysage, the society and the people.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Photo Book Dec 28 2013
By Steve - Published on Amazon.com
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Gave this to my professional photographer son. He really likes the book. He received several others as well. good buy.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, beautiful book! July 25 2008
By D. Gillotte - Published on Amazon.com
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This book looks great and has an incredible collection of photographs printed at actual size. Really nice addition to my library.

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