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 In 1982, he published Uncommon Places: 50 Unpublished Photographs, a major work in color photography that, together with the works of William Eggleston (American, b. 1939), helped to cement the place of color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, NY on October 8th
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
Une Affaire De Famille - La Photographie Dans Les Collections De Stephane, Rodolphe Et Sebastien Janssen - Museé de la photographie de Charleroi, Charleroi
The Time is Now - John Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2012
Uncommon Places - Moscow House of Photography, Moscow
2011
Stephen Shore - MIS - Museu da Imagem e do Som, São Paulo
Stephen Shore - Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO
The Velvet Years: 1965-1967, Warhol's Factory Photographs by Stephen Shore - Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Winter Park, FL
2010
Uncommon Places - Sprüth Magers Berlin, Berlin
Stephen Shore - The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin
Biographical Landscape. Fotografie di Stephen Shore 1969 –1979 - Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome
2009
Print-on-demand - G/P Gallery, Tokyo
Stephen Shore - 303 Gallery, New York City, NY
2008
Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1969-1979
2007
The Biographical Landscape: The Photography of Stephen Shore, 1968 - 1993, ICP - Internatinoal Center of Photography, New York City, NY
2006
Stephen Shore, 303 Gallery, New York City, NY
2006
The Art of Collaboration with Bottega Veneta
2005
Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
2005
The Biographical Landscape, Jeu de Paume, Hôtel Sully, Paris, France (solo)
2005
The Biographical Landscape, Presentation House, Vancouver, BC (solo)
2005
Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY (solo)
2005
Stephen Shore: American Surfaces, P.S. 1 (solo)
2005
Sprüth Magers, Cologne, Germany (solo)
2004
The Biographical Landscape, Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Vienna (solo)
2004
Art and Architecture, Palazzo Ducale, Genua, Italy
2004
Social Creatures: How Body Becomes Art, Sprengel Museum, Hannover Germany
2004
Cakewalk, Ambrosino Gallery, Miami, FL
2004
Stephen Shore/ Thomas Struth, Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich, Germany
2003
Cruel and Tender the Real in the Twentieth-Century Photograph, Tate Modern, London/ Museum Ludwig, Cologne (catalog)
2003
303 Gallery, New York (solo)
2002
Galerie Kammel Mennour, Paris, France (solo)
2002
Stephen Shore Unpublished Uncommon Places 1973-1978, Galerie Conrads, Duesseldorf (catalog) (solo)
2002
The Velvet Years, Städtisches Museum am Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach (solo)
2001
Stephen Shore Uncommon Places, Galerie Conrads, Düsseldorf (solo)
2000
The Velvet Years, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia (solo)
2000
303 Gallery, NYC (solo)
2000
Settings & players, White Cube Jay Jopling, London
2000
Places as Landscape, Uffizi Gallery, Florence, Italy
2000
Scientifico Technilogico, Marghera, Italy
2000
Identificazione di un Paesaggio, Vega Parco
2000
Städelsches Kunstinstitut, Frankfurt, Germany (catalog)
1999–2000
American Surfaces, SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1999
Views from the Edge of the World, Marlborough Chelsea, NYC
1999
Andy Warhol: Photography, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Germany
1999
The American Century, 1950-2000, Whitney Museum, New York
1999
The Promise of Photography, P.S.1, New York
1999
Photographic Innovators, 1840s-1990s, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
1998
Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain
1998
Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium
1998
Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria
1998
Andy Warhol: A Factory, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany
1998
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
1997
Photographic Resource Center, Boston (solo)
1997
Nederlands Foto Instituut, Rotterdam (solo)
1996
George Eastman House, Rochester, NY (solo)
1995
PaceWildensteinMacGill, NYC (solo)
1980
LIGHT Gallery, NYC (solo)
1978
LIGHT Gallery, NYC (solo)
1977
LIGHT Gallery, NYC (solo)
1975
LIGHT Gallery, NYC (solo)
1973
LIGHT Gallery, NYC (solo)
1972
LIGHT Gallery, NYC (solo)
1971
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC (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