Photo Quotes #2

Date Published: 8/7/2011
Category: Photo Quotes

“Photography is inherently an analytic discipline. Where a painter starts with a blank canvas and builds a picture, a photographer starts with the messiness of the world and selects a picture.” 

~ Stephen Shore

Stephen Shore, Fifth Street and Broadway, Eureka, California, 1974.

Shore, Stephen (1947-): American art photographer

Shore has achieved recognition as a key figure in new color photography, a loosely defined movement whose practitioners have brought serious aesthetic considerations to color photography as an art form. Shore's body of work includes banal images of everyday subject matter - the back wall of a parking lot, yellow traffic stripes, a tabletop place setting in a restaurant - in sparsely populated areas that convey his formalistic vision of balance and serenity.

Born in New York City, he began photographing at the age of nine. A self-taught photographer, he began working with Andy Warhol at his Factory when he was 15. His black and white photographs of Warhol's milieu were published in The Velvet Years: Warhol's Factory 1965-67 (1995).

Shore had his first major solo exhibit at the age of 24, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. He began concentrating on color work, which was exhibited first at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has worked on assignments for magazines and other clients, including the Metropolitan Museum, for which he photographed Monet's Giverny Garden.

He has been in solo and group exhibitions in the United States and abroad. His work is held by private and public collections that include those of the George Eastman House, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. His awards include two National Endowment for the Arts grants (1974, 1979), a Guggenheim fellowship (1976), and an American Academy in Rome Special Fellowship.