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
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.