Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places, New Expanded Edition

Jan 23, 2015 5:06PM
In 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.
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