Stephen Shore
Badlands National Monument, South Dakota, July 14, 1973 by Stephen Shore
Badlands National Monument, South Dakota, July 14, 1973
Badlands National Monument, South Dakota, July 14, 1973
2008 / 2010

Badlands National Monument, South Dakota, July 14, 1973

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Stephen Shore

Badlands National Monument, South Dakota, July 14, 1973

Limited Edition, Edition of: 100
2008 / 2010
Badlands National Monument, South Dakota, July 14, 1973 by Stephen Shore
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Background Information about Stephen Shore

Social landscapes: Badlands National Monument, 1973

Born in New York City in 1947, Stephen Shore has been fascinated by photography since his childhood when he began at the age of seven to take his first pictures and experiment in his dark room. At 14 he brazenly dared to visit America’s photography stalwart, Edward Steichen, who was the curator of the Museum of Modern Art’s photography collection at the time. Steichen bought three of Shore’s prints for MoMA after the meeting.

A firsthand witness to Pop culture, Shore spent time almost every day between 1965 and 1968 at Warhol’s Factory, documenting in black-and-white the creative artists and musicians there such as the legendary group Velvet Underground, works which he published in his book The Velvet Years.

The selected edition work from 1973 Badlands National Monument shows a poor farmer’s barn in Badlands National Park, South Dakota in front of an impressive mountain range. Shore characterizes a region as one of utter natural beauty and mountains, but it was plagued by locusts in the 1930s and 1940s and then served as army training grounds. The photograph was taken during the decade that Shore spent wrestling with the phenomenon of “social landscapes” and, in the style of photo-realist painters, traversed America seeking out the motels, parking lots, and roadside restaurants that were already a disappearing phenomenon in American architecture and landscape design of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The American Dream was sensibly being transformed into general everyday banality.

During the 1980s Shore turned his attention from urban scenes to landscapes, in which details and material compositions take center stage thanks to strategic lighting and coloration.

Professor of photography at New York’s Bard College since 1982, Shore teaches his students the core of his artistic philosophy: “A photographer solves a picture, more than composes one.”

Characteristic for Shore’s prints is a documentary style tempered with a moderately subjective perspective. He was early to work in color and produces mostly stand-alone works. He stands in a tradition of photographers to make personal photographs from an objective-seeming stance, such as Walker Evans and his photographs of late 1920s America. With this unmistakable style, Shore has also influenced a younger generation of German photographers from Struth to Gursky. Most recently he was awarded the 2010 Culture Prize of the German Photographic Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Photographie).

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1947    Born in New York City, USA
2005Aperture Award
1993MacDowell Colony
1980American Academy in Rome
1979National Endowment for the Arts
1975Guggenheim Foundation
1974National Endowment for the Arts
2009New Colour Photography der 1970er Jahre, Deichtorhallen, Hamburg, Germany
2008Stephen Shore, Roger Ballen Foundation for Photography, The Everard Reed Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
2007  The Biographical Landscape, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
2007The Velvet Years, Warhol's Factory 1965-1967, Sprüth Magers, London, UK
2006 Stephen Shore: American Surface, Spruth Magers, München, Germany
2006The Biographical Landscape, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester, MA; Henry
Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle, USA
2005Stephen Shore: American Surfaces, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long
Island City, New York, USA
2005The Biographical Landscape, Jeu de Paume, Hotel Sully, Paris; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; Presentation House, Vancouver, Canada
2003 Cruel and Tender the Real in the Twentieth-Century Photograph, Tate Modern, London, UK und Museum Ludwig, Köln, Germany
2000  The Velvet Years, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
1999  American Surfaces, SK Stiftung Kultur, Köln, Germany
1999Fotografie Forum, Frankfurt, Germany
1998 Stephen Shore: Photographs, 1973-1993, CRAF, Villa Cini, Spilinbergo, Italien
1997Photographic Resource Center, Boston, USA
1997Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, Netherlands
1995  PaceWildensteinMacGill, NYC, USA
1995Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland, USA
1995Amerika Haus, Berlin, Germany
1995Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany
1995 Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
1995Stephen Shore: Photographs, 1973-1993, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany
1992Getty Museum, Los Angeles, USA
1990Fondation Cartier, Jouy-en-Josas, France
1989 Pace/MacGill Gallery, NYC, USA
1985 Center for Creative Photography, Tucson
1984  Art Institute of Chicago, USA
1983   Pace/MacGill Gallery, NYC, USA
1982  Arco Center for the Visual Arts, L.A., USA
1981Ringling Museum, Sarasota, USA
Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco, USA
1980 LIGHT Gallery, L.A., USA
1977 Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany
1976  Renwick Gallery, National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, USA
1976 Museum of Modern Art, NYC, USA
1975  LIGHT Gallery, NYC, USA
1973LIGHT Gallery, NYC, USA
1972LIGHT Gallery, NYC, USA
2006The Nature of Photographs, Stephen Shore, Phaidon
2005American Surfaces, Stephen Shore, Phaidon
2004Uncommon Places: The Complete Works, Stephen Shore, Aperture
2003Cruel and Tender, Tate Modern, London
2002Essex County, Stephen Shore, Nazraeli Press/Chris Pichler
2002Stephen Shore Uncommon Places 50 Unpublished Photographs 1973-1978
Stephen Shore, Walter Conrads & Kamel Mennour
1999American Surfaces, Stephen Shore, Schirmer/Mosel
1998The Nature of Photographs, Stephen Shore, John Hopkins
1995The Velvet Years: Warhol’s Factory, 1965-1967, Stephen Shore, Thunder’s Mouth
1995Stephen Shore: Photographs 1973-1993, intro. by James Enyeart, Schirmer/Mosel
1993Stephen Shore: Luzzara, Stephen Shore, Arcadia Edizioni
1993The Gardens at Giverny, Stephen Shore, Aperture
1982Uncommon Places, Stephen Shore, Aperture
1968Andy Warhol, Moderna Museet, Stockholm