Stephen Shore’s photographs are attentive to ordinary scenes of daily experience, yet through color – and composition – Shore transforms the mundane into subjects of thoughtful meditation. A restaurant meal on a road trip, a billboard off a highway, and a dusty side street in a Texas town are all seemingly banal images, but upon reflection subtly imply meaning. Color photography attracted Shore for its ability to record the range and intensity of hues seen in life. In 1971, at age twenty-three, he became the first living photographer to have a one-person show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. His 1982 book, Uncommon Places became a bible for young photographers seeking to work in color, because, along with that of William Eggleston, his work exemplified the fact that the medium could be considered art.
Stephen Shore was born in New York in 1947. His work has been exhibited and collected at such venues as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Library of Congress, Washington DC, The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, International Center of Photography, New York, Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Foundation Cartier, Jouy-en-Josas, France, Renwick Gallery, and the National Collection of Fine Arts, Washington, DC.
Awards have included Royal Photographic Society, Honorary Fellow, German Photographic Society, Culture Prize, Aperture Foundation Award, National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation.
He currently lives and works in New York.
[edited from 303 Gallery]