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Article by : Claire Selvin

“American Surfaces” was a radical endeavor for its time.

In an introductory essay for Phaidon’s new monograph, critic, curator, and photographer Teju Cole writes that Shore’s famous series “was initially received with some bewilderment, before it settled into its life as an American classic.” The confusion was understandable: Shore’s pictures looked nothing like the photography style en vogue for the era that placed an emphasis on sharp compositions and “decisive moments,” as Henri Cartier-Bresson once put it…..

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Yale MFA Photography

Watch Stephen Shore discuss metacognitive attention, Desert Island Discs, and seeing beyond the frame as part of Yale MFA Photo’s Pop-up Q&A series via zoom (started in response to online learning during the 2020 pandemic).

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303 Gallery is pleased to present Stephen Shore: Instagram, a selection of works originating from the artist’s personal social media feed. Presented as unique, dye sublimation prints on aluminum, the artworks preserve the square format and spontaneity of their digital source, while establishing themselves beyond the online platform as physical objects and individual moments to consider.

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For the spring 2020 rag & bone collection, Shore turns his unique perspective towards capturing quintessential New York City moments, bringing to life the timelessness of a city that is always in transit. This season he captures spring’s metropolitan muses in our iconic tees and denim.

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The following events have been canceled due to the current  COVID-19 crisis.  We will be sending out updates if/when we we get news with regards to rescheduling.


Stephen Shore book launch and signing
303 Gallery, NYC, Saturday April 04, 5-7pm


Stephen Shore talk at Helms Design Center, Los Angeles
Saturday April 18, 4pm, followed by a reception and book signing at Arcana from 6pm


Stephen Shore in conversation with Lou Stoppard
Foyles, London, Thursday May 21, 8pm


Stephen Shore talk at Centre Pompidou
Paris, Friday May 22, 5pm.

Stay tuned, stay calm and stay well!


For those who have wanted a copy of this coveted publication, not to worry! Phaidon will be reprinting this popular book, and copies will be available for purchase this spring. Keep checking in with us, and with Phaidon using the link below for updates.

Phaidon says:
“The Nature of Photographs is the essential primer of photography, not only for students but for anyone with an interest in the medium. This book grew out of a college course that Stephen Shore taught for many years. Its aim is not to explore photographic content – the subject of an image – but to describe the physical and formal attributes of a photographic print, the very elements that form the tools a photographer uses to define and interpret that content. By teaching us how to look at photographs and helping us to see the world the way the photographer may have seen it, Shore also teaches us a way of looking at the world around us.”

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Transparencies: Small Camera Works 1971-1979 offers an alternative account of one of the most fabled episodes in photographic history: the cross-country journeys that produced Stephen Shore’s luminous new vision of the American landscape, Uncommon Places. Along with his large-format camera, Shore also brought a 35mm Leica on his travels. The images made with it, on luminous colour slide film, are intimate, spontaneous and personal, while retaining Shore’s studied formal sensitivity. In these entirely unseen photographs, a parallel iteration of an iconic vision emerges like a piece of music played in a new key.

The vocabulary is familiar: highways and homes, phone boxes, fast food and sun-strewn parking lots. But the alternative format unmistakably re-envisions these subjects through distinct experiments with composition, attitude, and colour. Transparencies uncovers both a detail-oriented survey of the American landscape of the 1970s and a rigorous, imaginative exercise in form by an undisputed modern master.

With an afterword by Britt Salvesen, curator at LACMA, titled ‘Ordinary Speech: The Vernacular in Stephen Shore’s Early 35mm Photography’.

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Coming this spring:
A new, expanded edition of American Surfaces, with an introduction by Teju Cole.

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“… At 74 years old, Debbie Harry remains—if it’s not entirely obvious by now—the very definition of punk rock. The week before, she was performing onstage at the Bowery Ballroom. Today she is bopping around Manhattan’s East Village in a succession of chic coats and jaunty berets, with the photographer Stephen Shore snapping away and the Marriage Story writer-director Noah Baumbach—a die-hard Blondie fan who cast Harry in this project—calling the shots…”

by Jenny Comita

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