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Stephen Shore
1947, New York
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Considered one of the leading pioneers of color images, Stephen Shore approached photography at a surprisingly young age: he used to take shots and develop them in the dark room before he was 10, at the age of 14 Edward Steichen – the head photography curator of the MoMa – purchased three of his works for the museum, as adolescent he spent most of his time in the Andy Warhol’s Factory, when he was 24 the Metropolitan Museum of Art dedicate to him a solo exhibition.
In 1973 Shore returned from a two years journey across United States. The result of this experience was “American Surfaces”, a project made with a 35mm camera and rolls of color film. “American Surfaces” was a broad collection of images which, emulating the snapshot style, portrayed everything that Shore came across on his journey: the rooms in which he slept, the meals he ate, all the people, oads, service stations, motels, cars and car parks. Between 1973 and 1981 Shore carried out another series of journeys across the country which were to give life to “Uncommon Places”, a project (including the wprks which have now entered the collection) which he looked upon as a travel log, not only physical but above all oriented to exploring the visual experience itself. “Uncommon Places” conveys the formal evolution unshered in by the large format: the approach is more meditated and the surface of the negative withholds an extraordinary density of information.
With a style bereft of the slightest emphasis and an extraordinary use of light, Shore’s work grasps the transofrmations that consumer culture has inflicted onto the US landscape, where telegraph poles, power cables, neon signs and billboards have put paid to the traditional image of the American wilderness.

Lands of Men

Palazzo Gromo Losa, Biella

27 ottobre 2017 - 7 gennaio 2018

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10 years old

2007-2017: a history of the world told through the images of the Fondazione Cassa di risparmio di Modena Collection

March 11 - April 30, 2017

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Flags of America

CIAC, Foligno

19 marzo - 10 luglio 2016

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Flags of America

The major American authors of 1940s/1970s

15th December | 7th April 2013

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Stephen Shore
Bay Theatre, Second Street, Ashland, Wisconsin, July 9, 1973
c-print
23 x 29,5 cm
© the artist

Stephen Shore
Holden Street, North Adams, Massachusetts, July 13, 1974
c-print
20,5 x 25,5 cm
© the artist