Aperture Presents

Stephen Shore in Conversation with Peter Kayafas

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Join Aperture for a conversation with Stephen Shore and Peter Kayafas—director of the Eakins Press Foundation and photographer, curator, and teacher—about Shore’s newest publication Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973–1981.


Wednesday, June 7
7:00 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY

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Aperture Presents:

Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973–1981

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Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places is indisputably a canonic body of work—a touchstone for those interested in photography and the American landscape. Remarkably, this series of photographs has yet to be explored in its entirety. Over the past five years, Shore has scanned hundreds of negatives shot between 1973 and 1981. In this volume, Aperture has invited an international group of fifteen photographers, curators, authors, and cultural figures to select ten images apiece from this rarely seen cache of images. Each portfolio offers an idiosyncratic and revealing commentary on why this body of work continues to astound; how it has impacted the work of new generations of photography and the medium at large; and proposes new insight on Shore’s unique vision of America as transmuted in this totemic series.

Texts and image selections by Wes Anderson, Quentin Bajac, David Campany, Paul Graham, Guido Guidi, Takashi Homma, An-My Lê, Michael Lesy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Richard Prince, Francine Prose, Ed Ruscha, Britt Salvesen, Taryn Simon, Thomas Struth, and Lynne Tillman.


Watch below as Stephen Shore discusses his new publication:
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Phaidon presents:

Gallery hopping with Stephen Shore

Half a century on from meeting Warhol, the fine-art photographer still knows what’s hot

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The New York fine-art photographer Stephen Shore first met Andy Warhol in 1965 at the tender age of 17. That friendship changed Shore’s life, affording him access to Warhol’s inner circle, who were then at the centre of the city’s art world.

Half a century on, and Shore remains just as committed to contemporary art, as many of his 85,200 Instagram followers will know. Although the photographer lives outside the city these days, he maintains a strong interest in the work shown within New York’s galleries, and regularly documents some of the finest works currently on display.


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Mastermind, a new magazine published in Paris, includes a portfolio of photographs by Stephen Shore, shot in Washington, D.C., in October 2016.

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A Look Back


Lou would have been 75 today: Check out Stephen Shore’s photographs of of him back in the day

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Stephen Shore shoots The Women’s March

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“Shore has taken to Instagram to share his photographs of the Women’s March on New York. He’s only posted a handful of images, yet they’re a crisp selection, quite evocative of his specific time and place.  You could view the shots as a political statement, yet they’re equally evocative of a moment in time, and, in years to come, viewers may well be as fascinated by the look of the day as the message of the day.”


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Museum of Modern Art Announces:
Stephen Shore Retrospective

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November 19, 2017–Spring 2018

“This is the first U.S. survey to encompass Stephen Shore’s career in photography, from the gelatin silver prints he made as a teenager to his current engagement with digital platforms. This major exhibition tracks the artist from his wunderkind beginnings—works made when he was just 14 years old were acquired by Edward Steichen, the Director of the Department of Photography at MoMA, and he had a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art when he was 24 years old—through his continual, restless interrogation of image making. The exhibition will include hundreds of photographic works, along with additional materials including books, ephemera, and objects.”

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Stephen Shore is excited to share a sneak peek at his upcoming publication:


Cover proof of “Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973-1981″, to be published by Aperture this spring. The book will contain 150 pictures from ’73-’81 not included in “Uncommon Places”. Texts and image selections by Wes Anderson, Quentin Bajac, David Campany, Paul Graham, Guido Guidi, Takashi Homma, An-My Lê, Michael Lesy, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Francine Prose, Ed Ruscha, Britt Salvesen, Taryn Simon, Thomas Struth, and Lynne Tillman.


Crave Online:

Go Inside Andy Warhol’s Factory with Photographer Stephen Shore


Miss Rosen, at Crave Magazine, reviews Stephen Shore’s recent book, Factory: Andy Warhol, published by Phaidon:

“Shore was just 17 years old when he first stepped foot in the joint, spending two years taking photographs and discovering a new way of life. He recalls, “It had an incredible effect on me… The photography world as very different than. What I had been exposed to was largely what I think of as ‘camera club’ mentality… I’d started to be educated in a different way….Every day I watched an artist working… I started to become aware of decision-making. That’s the most important thing. The second was, Warhol working in a serial vein, and I began to think about images, about serial projects….”

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Andy Warhol’s infamous Factory through the eyes of a teenage photographer

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“…I’d been doing photography for a long time by that point, but I had always done it in an untutored way. For reasons of my youth, and reasons of the lack of intensity of critical discourse around photography at that time, I think I was still very naive.

I saw Andy making aesthetic decisions; it wasn’t anything he ever said to me. I saw these decisions happening over and over again. It awakened my sense of aesthetic thought. It had to do more with the framework that the work was seen in.

…By the end of my stay at the Factory, I found that just my contact with, and observation of, Andy led me to think differently about my function as an artist. I became more aware of what I was doing.”

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