Stephen Shore’s ‘Uncommon Places’ and Geography

Perhaps this is a little geeky, but I hear that geek is the new black so I shall proceed…
I was keen to look at the locations of the original images in the 1982 publication as I had been noticing so many Texas, Florida and California locations that I wondered how the spread of images fell across a map. I plotted all locations from the original map into a google map which is placed below.


View Stephen Shore’s ‘Uncommon Places’ in a larger map

You can see from the spread just how many States are left unrepresented by Shore’s democratic camera. And while I am not suggesting each State and town should be represented equally, I find it interesting that so much of middle America was ignored in the original.

The Bay Theater

For those counting, the States with the most images are:
Texas…7
Florida…6
California…4

- Matt

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3 Responses to Stephen Shore’s ‘Uncommon Places’ and Geography

  1. Pingback: ‘The Americans’ and ‘Uncommon Places’, the Geography | The Photo Book Club

  2. Erik Ljung says:

    I just shot the Bay Theater last summer on a weekend trip. Its been renovated over the last 40 years, but has the same general look.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/eljung/5885645427/

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