Stephen Shore, a photographer whose name is synonymous with colour photography’s acceptance as an art form, is undoubtedly a giant of the photography world.
In 1961, at the age of fourteen, he sold his photographs to Edward Steichen, who was at the time curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Ten years later he claimed the honour of being the first living photographer to have a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. His American and Canadian colour landscapes are immortalised in books such as Uncommon Places (published by Aperture) and American Surfaces, (Phaidon), and he has exhibited all over the world.
Now in his late sixties, Shore continues to produce work. For his most recent book, From Galilee to the Negev, published by Phaidon, he made several trips to the West Bank and Israel, capturing the everyday lives of the people and landscapes he encountered.
In a recent talk at the International Center for Photography (ICP), Shore spoke about the thinking behind the book with Jeff Rosenheim, curator of photography at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Phaidon produced a video of the event, which we show here courtesy of the publisher.
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