Stephen SHORE, I. Holden St., North Adams, Massachusetts. [from portfolio entitled Twelve Photographs]. Enlarge 1 /1

Stephen SHORE

United States of America born 1947

I. Holden St., North Adams, Massachusetts. [from portfolio entitled Twelve Photographs]. 1974 Materials & Technique: photographs, Type C colour photograph

Dimensions: printed image 19.6 h x 24.6 w cm sheet 20.2 h x 25.4 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1979
Accession No: NGA 80.372.1

Like Frank before him, Shore took a car, a grant and a camera and headed out onto the freeway to find his vision of the real America. He worked with two very different styles of camera. With a 35mm compact camera he captured fleeting and ephemeral ‘road culture’ moments such as a hamburger freshly delivered by a waitress in a roadside diner or the glowing interior of a motel refrigerator. With a characteristically loose employment of the large-format view camera, Shore made what can look like casual snapshots. Closer inspection, however, reveals images that bristle with detail and seduce with subtle compositional nuance.


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