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UNCOMMON PLACES: THE COMPLETE WORKS
Stephen Shore

Thames & Hudson, 2004
Hardcover
187 pages
With 163 colour illustrations.
ISBN: 0500542872

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Originally published in 1982, 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 colour work on the American vernacular landscape stands at the root of what has become a vital photographic tradition. Uncommon Places: The Complete Works is the definitive collection of this landmark series, including over sixty previously unpublished images.

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 'Uncommon Places' is often associated, this expanded survey reveals equally remarkable collections of interiors and portraits.

An essay by noted critic and curator Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen and a conversation with Shore by fiction writer Lynne Tillman examine his methodology as they elucidate his roots in the pop and conceptual art movements of the late sixties and early seventies.

 

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