Stephen Shore – Uncommon Places

February 21, 2014

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Shane knows how much I love the work of legendary photographer Stephen Shore and so bought me one of his books as a surprise the other day (best surprise). He takes beautiful photos of things that some people may think are mundane, like hotel rooms, parking lots, empty streets, television sets and toilet stalls, but each photograph looks like the most carefully set up scene straight out a Wim Wenders film. I have had the pleasure of seeing some of his photos in person in a gallery, it took all of my energy not to grab one off the wall and run like a mad person off their meds. Don’t think I would of made it 2 steps.

I absolutely love his work, I’ve looked through this book like 10 times and every time I feel the same way about each photo –  that I wish I had taken it. Took some snaps of some of my favourite scenes.

Shore began in March 1972 with several photos he took around New York with a 35 mm camera. He then set off on a road trip, due south through the Carolinas and then across the Deep South to Texas and New Mexico. His goal, he has said, was not Henri Cartier-Bresson’s “decisive moments” but, in fact, their opposite: the moments where nothing happened, where the culture was unself-conscious. “I didn’t think about beauty a lot,”. “I saw myself as an explorer.”

It’s the bane of my existence that I see photography not as a way of recording personal experience particularly, but as this process of exploring the world and the medium,” Shore told me in his studio. “I have to be reminded, “’It’s your son’s birthday party. Bring a camera.’ And then, when I’m there, ‘Take a picture,’ because it doesn’t occur to me to use it as this memorializing thing.”

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  • Reply Andrew February 25, 2014 at 5:34 am

    I like the photos too, you might want to look at these too:
    I first saw his work in a recent frannie magazine, here’s something online about what he’s doing:

  • Reply Warren Kirk | Lucky Pony February 25, 2014 at 11:19 am

    […] and Andrew telling me about the work of Warren Kirk, he reckoned I would like it seeing as I like Stephen Shore. Andrew, you were not wrong. This type of documentative photography is one of my favourite styles. […]

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