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Shore, Stephen (Photographer) & Nickas, Bob (Contributor). AMERICAN SURFACES. London, England: Phaidon Press, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 224 pages. Fine/Fine.

Landmark collection of color photographs. One of the greatest photographic projects of the 20th century. The first appearance of the collection in book form. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. A brilliant production by Stephen Shore and Untitled: Regular-sized volume format. Black hard boards with titles on cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Stephen Shore. They are reproduced at standard 35 mm print size, as they were first exhibited. Essay by Bob Nickas. The book is ingeniously encased in the handy facsimile of the Kodak Color Finishing Envelope, which has deliberately been made to look used, worn, and soiled, just like the original. Printed on thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. In matching black DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Stephen Shore's "American Surfaces". A body of work that continued and expanded Walker Evans and Robert Frank's experiences of crisscrossing the United States, they were taken between 1972 and 1973, first exhibited at The Light Gallery New York, and subsequently acquired in their entirety by The Metropolitan Museum. "In 1972, Stephen Shore left New York City and set out with a friend to Amarillo, Texas. He didn't drive so his first view of America was framed by the passenger's window frame. He was taken aback by the fact that his experience of life as a New Yorker had very little in common with the character and aspirations of America. Later that year he set out again, this time on his own, with a driver's licence and a Rollei 35 to explore the country through the eyes of an everyday tourist. 'American Surfaces' refers to the superficial nature of his brief encounters with places and people and the underlying character of the images that he hoped to produce. Shore returned to New York triumphant, with hundreds of rolls of film spilling from his bags. In order to remain faithful to the conceptual foundations of the project, he followed the lead of most tourists of the time and sent his film to be developed and printed in Kodak's labs in New Jersey. The result was hundreds and hundreds of exquisitely composed color pictures, whose subject became the benchmark for documenting our fast-living, consumer-oriented world" (Publisher's blurb). "I was photographing almost every meal I ate, every person I met, every waiter or waitress who served me, every bed I slept in, every toilet I peed in. But also, I was photographing streets I was driving through, buildings I would see" (Stephen Shore). An absolute "must-have" title for Stephen Shore collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by Stephen Shore. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a great photography book. This is one of very few signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: The Kodak Color Finishing Envelope has deliberately been made to look used, worn, and soiled, and is therefore NOT a condition issue at all. A rare signed copy thus. 300 color plates. Stephen Shore's "Uncommon Places" and "American Surfaces" were selected as two of the greatest photography books in "The Photobook". One of the greatest living photographers. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEPHEN SHORE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0714845078. $200.00

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