Stephen Shore. Uncommon Places
Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen, Stephen Shore, Lynne Tillman
Thames & Hudson, London, (reprint 2014) 2004
out of print
Stephen Shore’s legendary Uncommon Places has influenced a generation of photographers. His large-format colour work on the American vernacular landscape stands at the root of what has now become a vital photographic tradition. Uncommon Places: The Complete Works is the definitive collection of this landmark series, including over sixty previously unpublished images.
Like Robert Frank and Walker Evans before him, Shore discovered an unarticulated vision of America … a car park emptied of people, a hotel bedroom, or a building on a side street. In contrast to the landscapes with which Uncommon Places is often associated, this expanded survey reveals equally remarkable collections of interiors and portraits.
An essay by critic and curator Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen and a conversation with Shore by author Lynne Tillman elucidate shore’s roots in the pop and conceptual art movements of the late sixties and early seventies. The texts are illustrated with reproductions from Shore’s earlier series American Surfaces and Amarillo: Tall in Texas.