Stephen Shore: Some Food for Thought #1

As we look at Stephen Shore’s ‘Uncommon Places’ this month I have been overwhelmed by the amount of great resources online to get your Shore fix on.  A few are linked below, these are by no means the only interviews/posts on Shore’s work, but offer a good starting point:


Stephen Shore and Aaron Schuman ‘Uncommon Places’ 2004 (on Seesaw)
Select Quote: (reffereing to the original Uncommon Places)
“Well, I’m not turning my back on that work.  It’s all included in the new edition.  It’s just that, the original ought to have been twice the size to include other stuff.  That aspect of the project was that aspect of the project.  But, it just wasn’t the complete project.”

Stephen Shore and Ben Sloat ‘An Uncommon Interview’ 2007 (On ASX)
Select Quote:
“My book does not deal with the content of the pictures, it deals with what might be called the visual grammar of photography.”

James Welling puts five questions to Stephen Shore 2010 (on ArtInfo)
Select Quote:
“I take only one picture of a subject, even with a digital camera, unless I’m photographing something that is in motion or changing.”

Stephen Shore and Rong Jiang ‘The Apparent is a Bridge to the Real’ 2007 (on ASX)
Select Quote:
“I wanted to see what our culture was really like. I knew New York. And in “American Surfaces”, there were a good number of pictures taken in New York City. But I wanted to see a wider spectrum of a culture. I wanted to see the ordinary things that were not the news.”


Stephen Shore ‘Uncommon Places’ 2011
– Shore talks about his compositional style, technique and his choice to present images from Uncommon Places as unusually small prints.

Photo LA – La Brea Matrix      (Part 2)
– Shore joins a panel including Marcus Schaden to talk about the La Brea Matrix project of which he is both the inspiration for, and a part of.

Stephen Shore in Dublin
This short film follows Stephen Shore during a gallery setup in Dublin and it contains a conversation about one specific photo (New York City 2000/2002) between him and John Hutchinson, director of the gallery.

Stephen Shore in Paris 2010
– Phaidon produced this short video primarily concerning Shore’s journey into photography as well as Warhol’s influence on the photographer

Eggleston AND Shore
– William Eggleston and Stephen Shore share a stage in a brief interview

Uncommon Places, The Complete Book
– Of course our own video showing Uncommon Places (The Complete Works) in it’s entirety can be found here or at the end of this post


Blake Andrews on La Brea and Beverly

La Brea and Beverly (2011) by Blake Andrews
– Here Blake deftly melts together Shore’s original images made at the La Brea and Beverly intersection with a variety of quotes and other artworks made at the site from the likes of Banksy to Dalton Rooney who visited the site via Streetview.

Stephen Shore ‘Uncommon Places’ (2004) by Aaron Schuman
– A fantastic and detailed overview of Uncommon Places from Aaron Schuman

“Shore’s new book finally reveals that this extensive body of work has always essentially been a photographic autobiography-an autobiography of seeing”

Stephen Shore’s 1982 Artist Statement
– The original artist statement from the 1982 ‘Uncommon Places’ book


– Matt

And if you haven’t seen the book yet, check it out below:

Aya Takada on Cafe Lehmitz

Our thanks to Aya Takada fro producing this text on Anders Petersen’s Cafe Lehmitz which is featured here in both a Japanese and English translation. As well as checking out her website, you can follow Aya Takada on Twitter.

It is in the photo exhibition “Rat Hall Gallery” in Tokyo in 2007 that I first met Cafe Lehmitz. The first impression I saw reminded me of the book jacket from ‘Weegee’s people’, the production and typography were splendid. However it is the latest Cafe Lehmitz by Schirmer/Mosel that exists in my hands now.

If the book is opened, it is possible to put your own body to Cafe Lehmitz.

“It seems this is not work that a young person produced.”
There are times when you hear that kind of opinion, but on the other hand, it is through a young photographers eyes that this very pure and straight style could emerge. It seems like a conventional approach was chosen, simple and lacking in sensational images with a rustic feel.  The work is not dissimilar to that of Daido Moriyama in this respect.


The characters are seen not as supportive as if the heart and mind, body and mutual support the body, sometimes they show a winsome look for the photographer, and
with each passing page, the subjects seems gradually to release themselves to Petersen. I feel a deep affection for the subject from the photographer.
I feel a line of vision near the sense that parents watch the child in a word to which family’s photo album is concluded. This will be able to be seen from the portrait of the photographer in the back book cover. The family is indispensable for Cafe Lehmitz.


You might also understand the reason why this book keeps being resold as many as ten times, and being loved well.

Cafe Lehmitz is one book that a young photographer must see.

– Aya Takada


わたしが、Cafe Lehmitzに出会ったのは、

ここから出版されたCafe Lehmitzの最初の印象はまさしく「日記帳」でした。
「Weegee’s People」のブックジャケットと似たタイポグラフィーを使った見事な演出。
しかし、現在、私の手の中にあるCafe Lehmitzは、「schimer/mosel」の最新版です。
中身を開けば、Cafe Lehmitzへ自分の身を置く事が可能です。






高田 彰