• The American Landscape: Color  auction at Christies

    Sale 2205

    The American Landscape: Color Photographs from the Collection of Bruce and Nancy Berman

    7 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 146

    STEPHEN SHORE (B. 1947)

    Group of photographs from Uncommon Places, 1973-1979

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    STEPHEN SHORE (B. 1947)
    Group of photographs from Uncommon Places, 1973-1979
    20 chromogenic prints, printed c. 1994
    each signed, titled and dated in ink (on the verso)
    each 8 x 10in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm.) (20)


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    In an interview with writer Lynn Tillman, Shore describes the transition from American Surfaces (1973) to Uncommon Places (1973-1979):
    "After 'American Surfaces' I wanted to make larger prints than snapshot-size. The film Kodacolor made in 1972 and 1973 was so crude that larger prints fell apart. They became much too grainy. After doing a couple of trips with a 4x5, I was dissatisfied with the quality of the enlargements. There was an immediacy to the smaller prints that I wasn't seeing in the larger prints, so I decided to go to a larger format camera, the 8x10, which allowed me to do some pictures of the kind in 'American Surfaces' better than I could do before. But then doing the more cumbersome shots became cumbersome and akward. I remember shooting pancakes that I had for breakfast when I had to stand on top of the chair because the camera had to be so far from the pancakes to focus." (Uncommon Places: The Complete Works, p. 182)

    Literature

    Stephen Shore: Photographs, 1973-1993, Schirmer Art Books, London, 1994. pl. 59; Shore, Uncommon Places, Complete Works, Aperture, 2004, pp. 19, 33, 60, 65, 80, 88, 95, 105, 115, 138, 141, 146-147, 158, 160, 168, 170; Stephen Shore, Phaidon, 2008, cover, pp. 26, 29, 72, 86, 98