How Stephen Shore creates visual narratives

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For the past forty five years, photographer and visionarie Stephen Shore has provided the world with a retrospective of randomness through his visualisations of life. "To see something spectacular and recognise it as a photographic possibility is not making a very big leap. But to see something ordinary, something you’d see every day, and recognise it as a photographic possibility – that’s what I’m interested in."

During the 70's when black and white images were the norm, American photographer Shore got backlash on his coloured 'quirky' pictures due to their non linear context. Creating a shift in expected photography, he explains that "The press coverage, what little there was of it, was uniformly terrible. People just did not exhibit colour images then. I remember the great Paul Strand taking me aside and advising me in no uncertain terms that it would be a disastrous career move. I am often asked what it was that people objected to exactly in the show and the answer is: all of it. Everything.’’

Creating a visual diary of everyday happenings, his raw and stylistic vision achieves a harmonious relationship of realism, for example his most noted photos of the woman in the swimming pool, McDonalds takeout and gas stations, all of which are experimental depiction's of Shore's life entitled 'Uncommon Places'. Far from the cliches of mainstream photography, the 68 year old photographer rediscovers the core of predominantly American landscape, restoring the definition of interestingness.

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