Refreshing is the simple but effective way in which Stephen Shore conveys the essential aspects of photographs by presenting a varied and coherent selection from throughout history (made by professional and anonymous photographers) accompanied by pointed explanatory notes.
Treating three levels of meaning - the physical, depictive and mental - Shore clarifies what can make a photograph interesting and valuable, whatever the circumstances of its making. His approach stays close to the photographer's perspective, much in continuation of John Szarkowski's seminal book The Photographer's Eye
. The result is a topical publication, quite relevant in this age of profuse digital image making, without loosing itself in the idiosyncrasies of today.
Image and text are in good proportion, the layout is pleasant, the whole achieving a calmness and ease rare among present-day publications on photography.