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

Retrospective collection of photographs. One of the most important photographic projects of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. 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 that sold out upon publication. 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. Facsimile of the Kodak Color Finishing Envelope, which has deliberately been made to look used, worn, and soiled, just like the original. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in the United Kingdom to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exemplary in every respect. In matching black DJ with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents Stephen Shore's "American Surfaces". A massive body of work that continued - and expanded - Walker Evans' and Robert Frank's peregrinations across the length and breadth of America. The photographs were taken between 1972 and 1973, first exhibited at The Light Gallery New York, and subsequently acquired in their entirety by The Metropolitan Museum. The apt title 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. "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, neatly, and beautifully signed in black pen on the half-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 few such 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: Stephen Shore did NOT sign most copies of the book. The Kodak Color Finishing Envelope has deliberately been made to look used, worn, and soiled, and is therefore NOT a condition issue at all. However, copies available online have other serious flaws. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. 200 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 most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STEPHEN SHORE TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0714845078. $150.00

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