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Shore, Stephen (Photographer); Fried, Michael; Lange, Christy & Sternfeld, Joel (Contributors). STEPHEN SHORE. London, England: The Phaidon Press, 2007. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 160 pages. As New/As New.

Retrospective monograph on subject. Published as a softcover original only as part of The Phaidon Press' "Contemporary Artists" Series. A brilliant production by Melanie Mues: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Stephen Shore. Contributions by Michael Fried, Christy Lange, and Joel Sternfeld. Printed on thick coated stock paper in China to the highest standards. In matching pictorial DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents a brilliant overview of Stephen Shore's lifework in one "time-capsule" volume. "Stephen Shore is a true artistic innovator whose work has opened up new frontiers for contemporary photography. His photographs of American scenes unveil the exceptional beauty to be found in the everyday. As one of the first art photographers to work in color, Shore pioneered such contemporary genres as the diaristic snapshot (later taken up by Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tillmans) and the monumentalized landscape (as later practiced by Becher-School photographers Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky). Offers the first complete examination of Shore's long and storied career, from his residency at Warhol's Factory to his experiments in conceptual photography; from his landmark series, 'American Surfaces', to his continued exploration of emerging techniques" (Publisher's blurb). The book beautifully juxtaposes his precocious early work with his now-classic color photographs of American life and recent black-and-white photographs that appear in book form for the first time. Organized into four sections, each focussing on a different set of images, Shore kicks things off with a selection of images from his two great books, "Uncommon Places" and "American Surfaces". The brilliant photographer Joel Sternfeld contributes an in-depth analysis of one photograph, taken in 1974, of a street in a small town in Massachusetts. The book closes with a coda of images presented with his own writings and extracts from texts that he admires, notably a paragraph about Chinese poets, who accept the world exactly as they find it, and with profound simplicity, find solace therein. A "must-have" title for Stephen Shore collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black fountain pen on the title page by Stephen Shore. This is the only signed copy available online and has absolutely no flaws, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Stephen Shore's "Uncommon Places" and "American Surfaces" were selected as two of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the most influential and most important living photographers. A flawless collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEPHEN SHORE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0714846627. $150.00

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