Magazine article Tate Etc.

Pictures of America and beyond across the Decades as Seen through the Eyes of Stephen Shore

Magazine article Tate Etc.

Pictures of America and beyond across the Decades as Seen through the Eyes of Stephen Shore

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The American photographer Stephen Shore (b1947) said he liked Instagram because it celebrates images that are 'diaristic, that are brief glances, that are visual jottings, that are one-liners. It accepts complexity, but doesn't demand it.' Shore himself is an avid Instagrammer whose daily missives give us an insight into his way of looking.

We know a Shore picture when we see it, be it a picture taken on his phone or on a large-format camera. It is an aesthetic that has absorbed both an intimate and forensic approach to the daily world around him, yet done with a softness and warmth that manages to avoid banality and remain uplifting.

This started in 1969 with his blackand-white conceptual series 4 Part Variation, a quasi-celebration of the American car, and then several years later in his colour series American Surfaces 1972-3 in which he documented the beauty and strangeness of the everyday - diners, street scenes, bedroom shots, shop interiors. …

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