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Expanded edition of Shore’s influential photobook classic

  

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Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places

The Complete Works

Text by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen. Interview by Lynne Tillman.

"West Ninth Avenue, Amarillo, Texas, October 2, 1974" is reproduced from <I>Uncommon Places: The Complete Works</I>.

The classic photobook of the New Color Photography, in an expanded Aperture edition

Originally published in 1982, Stephen Shore's legendary Uncommon Places has influenced more than a generation of photographers. Shore was among the first artists to take color beyond the domain of advertising and fashion photography, and his large-format color work on the American vernacular landscape inaugurated a vital photographic tradition. Uncommon Places: The Complete Works, published by Aperture in 2005, presented a definitive collection of the landmark series, and in the span of a decade has become a contemporary classic. Now, for this lushly produced reissue, the artist has added nearly 20 rediscovered images and a statement explaining what it means to expand a classic series. Like Robert Frank and Walker Evans before him, Shore discovered a hitherto unarticulated vision of America via highway and camera. Approaching his subjects with cool objectivity, Shore retains precise systems of gestures in composition and light through which a hotel bedroom or a building on a side street assumes both an archetypal aura and an ambiguously personal importance. An essay by critic and curator Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen and a conversation with Shore by writer Lynne Tillman examine his methodology and elucidate his roots in Pop and Conceptual art. The texts are illustrated with reproductions from Shore's earlier series American Surfaces and Amarillo: Tall in Texas.
At age 14 Stephen Shore (born 1947) had his work purchased by Edward Steichen for The Museum of Modern Art, New York. At 17 Shore was a regular at Andy Warhol's Factory, producing an important photographic document of the scene, and in 1971 at the age of 23 he became the first living photographer since Alfred Stieglitz 40 years earlier to have a one-man show at the Met. He has had numerous one-man shows, among others at The Museum of Modern Art, New York; George Eastman House, Rochester; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and The Art Institute of Chicago. Since 1982 he has been Director of the Photography Program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

"West Ninth Avenue, Amarillo, Texas, October 2, 1974" is reproduced from Uncommon Places: The Complete Works.

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On any list of must-own photo books, Stephen Shore's 1982 classic, Uncommon Places, deserves pride of place. Shore, now 67, helped spearhead the use of color (once the exclusive province of advertising and fashion) in fine-art photography while documenting the American landscape, transforming the banal (diners, back alleys, ticky-tacky suburbs) into extraordinary tableau. Now the book is being reissued with 20 previously unseen images, as Uncommon Places: The Complete Works, giving you a eason to search for a collectible first edition on Amazon.

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Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places, The Complete Works

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places, The Complete Works, Pancake Breakfast"Trail’s End Restaurant, Kanab, Utah, August 10, 1973" is one of the most iconic images from one of the most iconic photobooks of the twentieth century. Originally published by Aperture in 1982, Stephen Shore's celebrated Uncommon Places has been published this year in an expanded new Aperture edition featuring 20 new plates, gorgeously printed and impeccably sequenced. "On any list of must-own photo books," Details writes, "Stephen Shore's 1982 classic, Uncommon Places, deserves pride of place." We couldn't agree more. It's at the center of our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide for Photo Collectors. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 8/10/2015

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places

Stephen Shore: Uncommon PlacesContinuing our week-long celebration of seminal photography books featured in the National Gallery of Art's current exhibition, From the Library: Photobooks After Frank, "Perrine, Florida, November 11, 1977" is reproduced from Aperture's new, expanded edition of Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places, first published in 1982 and now including 20 new plates plus a statement from Shore explaining what it means to expand a classic series. He writes, "Over the course of each passing decade, I keep returning to this body of work and rediscovering images. Friends ask me why this keeps happening. I have three answers: Technical... Logical/Aesthetic... Hard Truth. I'm a terrible editor of my work." continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/14/2015

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places, New Expanded Edition

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places, New Expanded EditionIn Aperture's new, expanded edition of Stephen Shore's seminal photobook, Lynne Tillman contributes a conversation with Shore, commenting, "The photographs in Uncommon Places seem always to describe an inherent architecture. People don’t dominate the scene, but fit into it. Buildings and streets construct perfect angles. These are formal concerns, but they also define an attitude to life. I’m struck by photographs whose center is an open road, with objects on the sides, but in them a line breaks up the picture plane. What I mean by an “inherent architecture” is the way in which you picture life happening on these streets to indicate the way things make shapes in relation to each other and to people. Human beings have created architecture; it somehow mirrors their desire for a kind of order. There’s order in your photographs. There are many intersections. There’s the main street in towns. There are traffic lights. There’s a corner, right angles, places of intersection." Featured image, "King Street, Hamilton, Ontario, August 9, 1974" is one of 20 new images that can be found in Uncommon Places: The Complete Works. continue to blog


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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 1/13/2015

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places, The Complete Works

Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places, The Complete WorksIn Aperture's new, expanded edition of Stephen Shore's seminal photobook, Shore writes, "In 2014, I have had the chance to further expand Uncommon Places: The Complete Works by adding twenty more images, many of which have never been published. As you most likely surmised, the previous edition was not really “complete,” though it was a vastly enlarged version of the original edition. Over the course of each passing decade, I keep returning to this body of work and rediscovering images. Friends ask me why this keeps happening. I have three answers: 1. Technical. A number of negatives from the ’70s couldn’t be printed due to technical issues. This included about ten days of shooting from 1973 that the lab I was using underdeveloped. These problems can now be digitally corrected. 2. Logical/Aesthetic. Like any artist, I have aesthetic questions that are in the forefront of my thinking at any given time—the questions I’m working on. These necessarily color how I view my past work. I’m often less interested in past pictures which deal with questions that are, for me, resolved. With the distance of time, this fussiness seems to melt away. 3. Hard Truth. I’m a terrible editor of my work. Featured image, "Stanley Marsh and John Reinhardt, Amarillo, Texas, February 15, 1975" is one of the new images that can be found in Uncommon Places: The Complete Works. continue to blog


FROM THE BOOK
PUBLICATION HISTORY

Uncommon Places first published in hardback by Aperture in 1982

Uncommon Places: The Complete Works published by Aperture in 2005

■ This expanded 2015 Aperture edition includes 20 new plates

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ISBN: 9780615491769 | US $75.00

Pub Date: 8/31/2012
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ISBN: 9783865603944 | US $55.00

Pub Date: 11/30/2011
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Stephen Shore: The Gardens At Giverny

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APERTURE

ISBN: 9780893811136 | US $39.95

Pub Date: 6/15/2005
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Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places

STEPHEN SHORE: UNCOMMON PLACES

Essay by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen. Interview by Lynne Tillman.

APERTURE

ISBN: 9781931788342 | US $55.00

Pub Date: 6/15/2005
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Stephen Shore: Survey

STEPHEN SHORE: SURVEY

Text by Marta Dahó, Sandra S. Phillips, Horacio Fernández. Interview by David Campany.

APERTURE/FUNDACIóN MAPFRE

ISBN: 9781597113090 | US $65.00

Pub Date: 12/31/2014
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Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places

STEPHEN SHORE: UNCOMMON PLACES

Text by Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen. Interview by Lynne Tillman.

APERTURE

ISBN: 9781597113038 | US $65.00

Pub Date: 2/24/2015
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