Stephen Shore in conversation with David Campany
Stephen Shore, from the ‘Details’ series. © Stephen Shore. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York and Sprüth Magers Berlin, London, Los Angeles
In this conversation, David Campany will discuss various aspects of Stephen Shore’s long career and his series ‘Details’. Shot exclusively with the Hasselblad X1D, the photographs in this series hone in on a new pictorial landscape, capturing found arrangements of natural material and street detritus, bringing their subtle nuances into macro focus.
Stephen Shore is the 2019 Photo London Master of Photography.
Stephen Shore’s work has been widely published and exhibited for the past forty-five years. He was the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since Alfred Stieglitz, forty years earlier. He has also had one-man shows at George Eastman House, Rochester; Kunsthalle, Dusseldorf; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Jeu de Paume, Paris; and Art Institute of Chicago. In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art opened a major retrospective spanning Stephen Shore’s entire career. He has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. His series of exhibitions at Light Gallery in New York in the early 1970s sparked new interest in color photography and in the use of the view camera for documentary work.
More than 25 books have been published of Stephen Shore’s photographs including Uncommon Places: The Complete Works; American Surfaces; Stephen Shore, a retrospective monograph in Phaidon’s Contemporary Artists series; Stephen Shore: Survey and most recently, Factory: Andy Warhol and Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973-1981. In 2017, the Museum of Modern Art published Stephen Shore in conjunction with their retrospective of his photographic career. Stephen also wrote The Nature of Photographs, published by Phaidon Press, which addresses how a photograph functions visually. His work is represented by 303 Gallery, New York; and Sprüth Magers, London and Berlin. Since 1982 he has been the director of the Photography Program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, where he is the Susan Weber Professor in the Arts.
David Campany is a curator and writer, currently based in London. He teaches at the University of Westminster, London. Renowned for his engaging and rigorous writing, exhibitions and public speaking, David has worked worldwide with institutions including MoMA New York, Tate, Whitechapel Gallery, Centre Pompidou, Le Bal, and the Stedelijk Museum. He is the curator of three-city Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, 2020 (Mannheim/Ludwigschafen/Heidelberg, Germany).