May 26, 2010

Stephen Shore

At the age of 9, Stephen Shore began teaching himself photography. By 15, he was working at Andy Warhol's Factory in New York, capturing black and white photographs of the group. From his All the meat you can eat collection, to his sites in small town Amarillo, Texas, Shore became known for observing banal life in colourful snapshots. Shore's playful approach significantly contributed to the upcoming pop movement of the time. Like William Eggleston (who I blogged about recently), Shore's exploration of colour photography, as a vehicle for artistic expression, opened possibilities previously unknown to modern photographers. 
His early photographs are welcomed nostalgically. Although taken in the 1970s, they remind me of camping with my family in the 90s. I suppose you could check out his new photography, but up against his early works, they seem commercial and hyperrealistic. Let me know if you can spot them.

Check out Stephen Shore as a Master of Photography here.
Images from nytimes,  masters of photography and bill charles collection. Information sourced from The Photograph as Contemporary Art  by Charlotte Cotton.

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