Stephen Shore


Stephen Shore (American, born 1947) took up photography when he still was a child. In 1961 Edward Steichen purchased some of young Shore’s pictures for inclusion in New York’s Museum of Modern Art‘s photography collection. In the mid-1960s Shore came into contact with Andy Warhol and documented the Factory from 1965 to 1967. In 1970 Shore attended a workshop with Minor White and soon after started working in color. Shore traveled around North America, photographing urban spaces and suburban architecture. These photos were published in such books as American Surfaces (1972), and his work was shown in the New Topographics exhibition at the George Eastman House in Rochester in 1975. The Westfälische Kunstverein in Münster showed a retrospective of his work in 1994, which reflects the growing influence of Shore’s work abroad, particularly in Germany. In 2005/06 American Surfaces was shown in an extended exhibition at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in New York. In 2010, Shore received an Honorary Fellowship from The Royal Photographic Society.