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EPISODE 192

In Episode 192, Ben Smith interviews Stephen Shore for his podcast “A Small Voice: Conversations with Photographers“.
Over the course of the interview, Ben and Stephen touch on the following themes:

How the new book, Modern Instances, came about
How it differs from his previous book, The Nature of Photographs
Artist’s superstition over discussing the creative process
The importance of experimentation
Showing and not explaining
Photography as a ‘generous medium’
Creating the book as an ‘experience’
Structure vs. composition
Inclusion vs. exclusion
Mastering the discipline – 3 phases
Does he believe in The Muse?
Being attentive in the midst of life
Working with a performance coach
The influence of paintings… and Walker Evans
The nature (and importance) of ambition
Getting a solo show at The Met, aged 23
Sustaining drive
Stephen’s interest in drone photography… and Instagram
The day he realized the 8×10 camera was for him


Ben Smith’s podcast “A Small Voice: Conversations with Photographers” features in-depth, long-form interviews with a diverse range of talented, innovative, world-class photographers from established, award-winning and internationally exhibited stars to young and emerging talents, discussing their lives, work and process.

https://www.instagram.com/bensmithphoto/

MACK

STEPHEN SHORE

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Printed Matter’s
New York Art Book Fair


Stephen Shore will be signing books at NYABF
Saturday, October 15th at 2:00pm

AND

Check out all the other amazing artists joining MACK this weekend for signings, reading and conversations! See the full line up above, or click HERE for more info.


Friday 14 October – Sunday 16 October

Fair Hours:
Friday – 1–7pm
Saturday – 11am–7pm
Sunday – 11am–5pm


Booth F1 and F2
548 W 22nd St
NY 10011

MACK

I am thrilled to be able to share some exciting news!

MACK has just announced they will be publishing a book of my most recent photographic work. Scheduled to be released in early 2023, the book will feature a selection of photographs which I have been making over the past three years using drone technology.

Check out MACK’s description below!


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” ’Topographies: Aerial Surveys of the American Landscape’ presents the latest body of work from Stephen Shore; a series of photographs shot by drone from 2020 onwards, which reveal in surprising detail the interplay of natural and man-made landscapes of Montana, North Carolina, New York and more.

In this new body of work, Stephen Shore revisits the original ambition of New Topographics, using a new aerial viewpoint to consider afresh the concerns of the movement – that of the objective, the commonplace, and the relationship of the natural and man-made in the American landscape – and how these can be applied in the 21st century. 

As much as exploring the formal possibilities of the aerial photograph,“Topographies” also uncovers a glorious dedication to detail and surprise, in which the slightest bend of a river uncovers the textures and colours of America’s urban and suburban landscapes, all investigated with Shore’s signature rigour. “

MACK

We are honored to announce that “Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography. A Memoir.” is MACK’s best selling book of the year. Foreign editions are currently in the works and are set to be released in 2023.


We are humbled by the overwhelming response to this publication.


If you have not had the opportunity to read this memoir, there are still copies available for purchase.


Click here for more info!


If you enjoyed
Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography. A Memoir.
you may also like:

Transparencies
by Stephen Shore
Steel Town
by Stephen Shore

SPRÜTH MAGERS

R U S T

A GROUP EXHIBITION


Bernd & Hilla Becher, LaToya Ruby Frazier
& Stephen Shore


Washington Street, Struthers, Ohio, October 27, 1977. © Stephen Shore


JULY 2 – AUGUST 27, 2022

The photographic group exhibition Rust looks at the decline of the American Rust Belt through the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher, Stephen Shore and LaToya Ruby Frazier. The nuanced takes of the three artists offer complementary views on the industrial Northeast and Midwest since the late 1970s to the present day against a backdrop of wider societal changes.


Sprüth Magers
Oranienburger Straße 18
Berlin, 10178
Germany

Tues – Sat, 11am – 6pm

MACK



Join Stephen Shore & 25+ other artists on Saturday May 21st in New York as Mack takes over Rizzoli Bookstore for a very special celebration. It’s been a while since everyone has been able to gather together, so Mack wanted to make this a big one! Come to meet Mack’s incredible array of authors, browse their new titles, buy signed copies, and raise a glass with us.


Saturday May 21st
4:00 – 8:00 pm

Rizzoli
1133 Broadway 
New York, NY
10010

Register for free here.


Public Program


Stephen Shore in Conversation with David Campany

Stephen Shore and ICP Curator at Large David Campany discuss Shore’s new memoir, Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography, an impressionistic scrapbook that documents the rich and surprising touchstones that make up over half a century of Shore’s ground-breaking work.  


APRIL 13, 2022
6pm-7pm


Click here for more information:
www.icp.org


About Stephen Shore’s Modern Instances

“Although the dream is a very strange phenomenon and an inexplicable mystery, far more inexplicable is the mystery and aspect our minds confer on certain objects and aspects of life.” Giorgio de Chirico

Stephen Shore’s Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography is an experimental new memoir from one of the world’s most prolific artists ― an impressionistic scrapbook that documents the rich and surprising touchstones that make up over half a century of ground-breaking work. With essays, photographs, stories, and excerpts that draw on Shore’s decades of teaching, this is an essential handbook for anyone interested in learning more about mastering one’s craft and the distinct threads that come together to inform a creative voice. As much as offering meditation on the influences of a single artist, Modern Instances proposes a new way of thinking about the world around us, in which even the smallest moment can become a source of boundless inspiration ― if only we pay attention.

Reserve a copy of Stephen Shore Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography (MACK $45) through ICP’s shop


About the Program Format

This program will take place on Zoom.
Those who register to attend will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link.

Click here to Register for this event:
ICP: Book Event: Stephen Shore


MACK LIVE


Stephen Shore in conversation with George Miles

Kingman, Arizona, July 2, 1975
© Stephen Shore, courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.

To celebrate the launch of Stephen Shore’s experimental new memoir Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography, we are joined by Stephen Shore and George Miles to discuss, among other things, the making of this dazzling new book, how to master one’s craft, Shakespeare, baseball, and what it means to really pay attention.


Monday 21 March
18:00 GMT, London
(UK screening)
Sign up for a reminder here.


Tuesday 22 March
18:00 CET, Paris
(Europe screening with French subtitles)
Sign up for a reminder here.


Wednesday 23 March
18:00 JST, Tokyo
20:00 AEDT, Melbourne
14:30 IST, New Delhi
(Asia and Oceania screening with Japanese subtitles)
Sign up for a reminder here


Thursday 24 March 
18:00 EDT, New York
15:00 PDT, Los Angeles
(USA screening)
Sign up for a reminder here.


About Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography

Stephen Shore’s Modern Instances: The Craft of Photography is an experimental new memoir from one of the world’s most innovative and influential artists – an impressionistic scrapbook documenting the rich and surprising touchstones which have shaped over half a century of ground-breaking work. Bringing together essays, insights, artworks, and encounters, with references ranging from garden design to baseball and nineteenth-century novels to Instagram filters, this is an essential handbook for anyone interested in mastering their craft and learning about the distinct threads that come together to inform a creative voice. Modern Instances proposes a new way of thinking about the world around us, in which the smallest moment can become a source of boundless inspiration, if only we pay attention.

Find out more and order copies here.

FELLOWSHIP

NFT AUCTION:


Stephen Shore
Relief for Ukraine

Room 509, Dnipro Hotel, Kiev, Kyivska Province, Ukraine, July 18, 2012.
© Stephen Shore, courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York.


Auction date:
March 17th 2022

Room 509, Dnipro Hotel, Kiev, Kyivska Province, Ukraine, July 18, 2012
1/1 NFT


Fellowship is honored to be working with photographic legend Stephen Shore on the release of “Room 509, Dnipro Hotel, Kiev, Kyivska Province, Ukraine, July 18, 2012” as a 1/1 NFT to benefit the United Nations Ukraine Humanitarian Fund.

The piece is from Shore’s 2015 photo book, Survivors in Ukraine, a project which perfectly encapsulates the stylistic range of Shore’s prolific career. In Survivors in Ukraine, Shore explores the quotidian lives of holocaust survivors living in Ukraine, the country his grandfather left before emigrating to the United States. The project serves as an important cultural document about the resilience of past Ukrainian generations, and the release of this NFT is in support of the current generation of citizens who once again are facing dangerous upheavals of their lives and livelihoods.
Stephen Shore is committing 100% of primary and secondary net sale proceeds of this NFT to the United Nations Ukraine Humanitarian Fund, which is distributed amid a wide range of front-line partner organizations.

To view the NFT please visit the following link:
https://foundation.app/@fellowship137/stephenshoreru/2

SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE





UPDATE:

I am thrilled to inform my community of friends, colleagues, and supporters that since Saturday, 303 Gallery has raised $300,000 for Ukrainian relief through the sale of my prints.

I am eternally grateful to everyone who has helped support this important cause.