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Stephen Shore: American Surfaces (Photography) Hardcover – 27 May 2005


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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; Prima edizione (First Edition) edition (27 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714845078
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714845074
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 3.5 x 33 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,587,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'As a recorder of the fleeting but highly charged moments in the everyday, the weight of Shore's influence is undeniable.' (Creative Review)

'[Shore's] exquisitely composed colour photographs became the benchmark for documenting our consumer-driven, fast-living world.' (Lexus magazine)

About the Author

At the age of 17, Stephen Shore (b.1947) was a regular at Andy Warhol's Factory. By the age of 23, he became the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. An unrivalled pioneer in his field, his work has been exhibited in numerous museums worldwide and influenced generations of photographers. In 1982 he was appointed Director of the Photography Program at Bard College, New York where he is now the Susan Weber Soros Professor in the Arts.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 Mar. 2009
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After crossing the country in 1972/73 and photographing (or would snapping be more appropriate!) surfaces everywhere Shore returned to New York with hundreds of rolls of film and to continue the theme had them processed at Kodak labs into the stock 3 by 5.5 inch format colour prints just like any other tourist.

The subsequent Light Gallery exhibition of the prints didn't go down too well it seems. Hardly surprising as the idea of wall mounting dozens of postcard size images of everyday houses, streets, commercial signs, motel bedrooms and their bric-a-brac (don't forget the toilets) and folks he met on the way all presented in a matter-of-fact style would hardly be considered fine art. But look through the book several times and 312 images start to come alive. Each one being the same size helps I think though there is an element of pacing in the way the book is laid out with sometimes four to a spread, others just have two or three. The flow is also dictated by placing them in historical sequence.

This book has the largest number of Shore's photos from his Seventies field trips and it really needs to be considered with his Uncommon Places book (ISBN 0500542872) because American Surfaces tends to merge into it. I think Uncommon has some the greatest color work taken in the last few decades and if you look through both books it becomes clear, to me, that Shore is one of the leading American photographers.

Incidentally, Phaidon have published a sort of road trip diary of Shore's travels, complete with all the printed ephemera that one would accumulate from a long trip.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Shore enough 15 Mar. 2009
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
After crossing the country in 1972/73 and photographing (or would snapping be more appropriate!) surfaces everywhere Shore returned to New York with hundreds of rolls of film and to continue the theme had them processed at Kodak labs into the stock 3 by 5.5 inch format color prints just like any other tourist.

The subsequent Light Gallery exhibition of the prints didn't go down too well it seems. Hardly surprising as the idea of wall mounting dozens of postcard size images of everyday houses, streets, commercial signs, motel bedrooms and their bric-a-brac (don't forget the toilets) and folks he met on the way all presented in a matter-of-fact style would hardly be considered fine art. But look through the book several times and 312 images start to come alive. Each one being the same size helps I think though there is an element of pacing in the way the book is laid out with sometimes four to a spread, others just have two or three. The flow is also dictated by placing them in historical sequence.

This book has the largest number of Shore's photos from his Seventies field trips and it really needs to be considered with his Uncommon Places: The Complete Works because American Surfaces tends to merge into it. I think Uncommon has some the greatest color work taken in the last few decades and if you look through both books it becomes clear, to me, that Shore is one of the leading American photographers.

Incidentally, Phaidon have published a sort of diary of Shore's travels: A Road Trip Journal complete with all the printed ephemera that one would accumulate from a journey across the Nation.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Helping us See Again...Beyond Critiques of American Consumer Fetishism 27 Sept. 2006
By Steven Dornbusch - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this book, partly because I love this photographer's eye. Are the pictures documentary? Sure. Are they wry? Often, though not always. They are beautiful in the most strange, farfetched, formal aesthetic sense (shapes, colors, imaginary visual lines). That about sums it up. Stephan Shore's pictures exist on many levels simultaneously---one reason they are worth owning in book form, able to be revisited many times over a long time. Shore has a genuine gift, and he shares it with whomever takes the time to really look. This older work is relevant to contemporary production worldwide (i.e., Thomas Struth). Hopefully you will enjoy this book as much as I do.
19 of 40 people found the following review helpful
American Surfaces, pretentious time capsule? 25 Feb. 2006
By Scott Hurst - Published on Amazon.com
It's hard to tell how vital this visual diary is in the grand scheme of photography. It's a very personal travelogue. Shore is obsessed with himself and where he goes and what he sees. As a summary of early seventies pop culture it is fantastic. You can find out what people looked like and more importantly, what everything else looked like. I appreciate this aspect of the book, it's a reference guide to 1972. I think some of the photography is top notch but think that the book would be stronger edited down a bit. It's more interesting than the original but packs less of a punch. Could you live without it? Of course. Do you want to? No.
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