Not a bad introduction to photography (shame about the self promotion),
This review is from: The Nature of Photographs by Stephen Shore: A Primer (Hardcover)
I found this book to be a nice companion to Ian Jeffrey's 'How to Read a Photograph' (2009), though decidedly the poorer relation.
On the whole it is well researched and neatly presented.
What takes from or compromises the work is the at times slight vagueness to the writing and what appears to be Shore's large ego via the inclusion of no less than FIVE of his own images (does he not have enough books of his own?). It may well be that he generously offered to fill the shortfall of images due to artists' and copyright fees but when one considers the wealth of work both new and old, it seems unlikely.
Nor was I overly impressed with the book's font (American Typewriter?). Is Shore or Phaidon trying to conjure up notes typed up in the field?
That considered, if you are (rightly) camera manual shy and want to understand what photography can and might mean, then this is a book worth considering as an alternative 'manual'.