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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (29 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714846627
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714846620
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 1.9 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607,335 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'One of the most remarkable, yet understated imagists of modern photography … Shore's skill at capturing mundane scenes and transforming them into crisp, fascinating images is unparalleled.'
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About the Author

?Michael Fried is Professor of Humanities and Art History at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. An art historian, poet and critic, he is a regular contributor to Artforum, and his books include 'Absorption and Theatricality: Painting and Beholder in the Age of Diderot' (1980), 'Manet's Modernism: or, The Face of Painting in the 1860s' (1996) and the collection 'Art and Objecthood' (1998), which includes his seminal 1967 essay of the same name.

Christy Lange is writer and critic based in Berlin, as well as Assistant Editor at Frieze.

Joel Sternfeld is a photographer whose acclaimed images explore the contradictory landscapes of American society with wit and sensitivity. His numerous books include 'American Prospects' (1987), 'On This Site: Landscape in Memoriam' (1997) and 'Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America' (2005). He teaches photography at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York.

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By Brian Hamilton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 July 2013
Format: Paperback
Stephen Shore is a photographer whose work, I fully admit, I did not initially get. However, after purchasing American Surfaces I realised there was something deeper at work here. Watching some online interviews with him it is obvious he is a very considered and deep man whose abiding interest in photography is very much to his credit.

This particular book mixes up images mainly from American Surfaces and Uncommon Places (two of his best known works) and throws in some lesser known stuff too. There are three main texts, everything from an interview to a biography to an essay discussing his style.

It quickly becomes apparent that Shore is a bit of a prodigy, the first essay discusses how classic paintings can only be appreciated when 'activated' by the viewer, so it is with Shore's work. The longer one studies the work the more coherent and impressive it becomes.

I chose this book over the Shore book 'The Nature of Photographs' as that book, whilst nice, is pretty superficial.

This is an excellent intro to Shore. Recommended.
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The details are extensive and revealing 12 Oct. 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Stephen Shore was a child prodigy of photography, taking his first photo by age 6 and exhibiting by age 14. By age 35 he was Director of the Photography Program at Bard College. This survey of his career and works pairs full-page black and white and color photos - many images published here for the first time - with a survey of his career. From inspirations to choices, the details are extensive and revealing making for a title highly recommended for any college-level art library specializing in modern photographers.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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Stephen Shore 6 Feb. 2010
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Interesting photography - liked most of it - some of the shots just didn't do much for me.
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