Stephen Shore (American, b.1947) is an American photographer well-known for producing deadpan images of banal scenes. He is a pioneer of colored art photography. Shore was born in New York, NY, and is largely a self-taught artist. He became interested in photography at the age of six when he received a darkroom kit of photography as a gift from his uncle. At the age of nine, Shore was given another photography gift; this time the gift was a 35 mm camera, which he used to start taking photographs right away. Soon after that, he received Walker Evan's American Photographs and was convinced of his photographic abilities so much so that he presented several of his works to Edward Steichen (American, 1879–1973) of the Museum of Modern Art at the age of 14. His interest in photography continued to grow, and when he met Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987) at the Factory three years later, he became a regular at the studio, and photographed works and visitors there. At age 24, the photographer held a solo exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Soon after the solo exhibition, Shore embarked on a series of road trips and took several photographs of the American and Canadian landscapes he crisscrossed. The trip from Manhattan to Amarillo in 1972 proved to be eventful and awakened Shore's interest in color photography. He took a series of photographs of the streets using different types of cameras. Shore received a NEA endowment fund in 1974. and a Guggenheim grant in 1975 that helped him further his work. In 1982, he published Uncommon Places: 50 Unpublished Photographs, a major work in color photography that, together with the works of William Eggleston (American, b. 1939), helped to cement the place of color photography in art. He is believed to have borrowed from the Photorealism works of other artists. Shore also published other books like Essex County and The Velvet Years.

His solo exhibitions include those held at the Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY, in 2005, and at the Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, in 1997. Examples of Shore's group exhibitions include those held at Art and Architecture, Palazzo Ducale, Genua, Italy, in 2004, and Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium, in 1998. Shore is represented by Rodolphe Janssen in Brussels, 303 Gallery in New York, and Sprüth Magers in Berlin, Germany, and London, England. Shore currently lives in New York, and is the director of the Photography Department at Bard College.

Timeline

1947
Born in New York, USA
1965–1969
Documented Andy Warhol's factory
1973
Took up color photography
1974
Began to use a 8x10 view camera
1974
Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1975
Recipient, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1979
Recipient, National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship
1991
Resumed taking black and white photographs

Exhibitions

2013
Ken Miller, Gallery Target, Tokyo, Japan
Une Affaire De Famille: La Photographie Dans Les Collections De Stephane, Rodolphe Et Sebastien Janssen, Museé de la photographie de Charleroi, Charleroi, Belgium
The Time is Now, John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, USA
2012
Uncommon Places, Moscow House of Photography, Moscow, Russia
2011
Stephen Shore, Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo, Brazil
Stephen Shore, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, USA
The Velvet Years: 1965-1967, Warhol's Factory Photographs by Stephen Shore, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, USA
2010
Uncommon Places, Sprüth Magers Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Stephen Shore, The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Biographical Landscape: Fotografie di Stephen Shore 1969 –1979, Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome
2009
Print-on-demand, G/P Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Stephen Shore, 303 Gallery, New York, USA
2007
The Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1968 - 1993, Internatinoal Center of Photography, New York, USA
2006
Stephen Shore, 303 Gallery, New York, USA
2005
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
The Biographical Landscape, Jeu de Paume, Hôtel Sully, Paris, France (solo)
The Biographical Landscape, Presentation House, Vancouver, Canada (solo)
Stephen Shore: American Surfaces, MoMA P.S. 1, Long Island City, USA (solo)
Sprüth Magers, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2004
The Biographical Landscape, Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Vienna, Austria (solo)
Art and Architecture, Palazzo Ducale, Genua, Italy
Social Creatures: How Body Becomes Art, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany
Cakewalk, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, USA
Stephen Shore/Thomas Struth, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2003
Cruel and Tender the Real in the Twentieth-Century Photograph, Tate Modern, London, England/Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany
303 Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
2002
Galerie Kammel Mennour, Paris, France (solo)
Stephen Shore Unpublished Uncommon Places 1973-1978, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
The Velvet Years, Städtisches Museum am Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany (solo)
2001
Stephen Shore Uncommon Places, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf, Germany (solo)
2000
The Velvet Years, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia (solo)
303 Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
Settings & players, White Cube, London, England
Places as Landscape, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
Scientifico Technilogico, Marghera, Italy
Identificazione di un Paesaggio, Vega - Parco Scientifico Tecnologico di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, Germany
American Surfaces, SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1999
Views from the Edge of the World, Marlborough Gallery, New York, USA
Andy Warhol: Photography, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
The American Century, 1950-2000, Whitney Museum, New York, USA
The Promise of Photography, MoMA P.S.1, Long Island City, USA
Photographic Innovators, 1840s-1990s, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England
1998
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
Andy Warhol: A Factory, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA
1997
Photographic Resource Center, Boston, USA (solo)
Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands (solo)
1996
George Eastman House, Rochester, USA (solo)
1995
PaceWildensteinMacGill, New York, USA (solo)
1980
LIGHT Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1978
LIGHT Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1977
LIGHT Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1975
LIGHT Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1973
LIGHT Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1972
LIGHT Gallery, New York, USA (solo)
1971
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA (solo)

Public Collections

Albertina, Vienna, Austria
Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Montreal, QC, Canada
SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany
Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
Sprengel Museum Hannover, Hannover, Germany
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
Victoria & Albert Museum - V&A, London, England
MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA, USA
The Getty Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY, USA

Literature

Stephen Shore - Uncommon Places - Unpublished Photographs 1973 - 1978- Galerie Conrads, Dusseldorf