|Series:||Contemporary Artists Series|
Stephen Shore's photographs of 'ordinary' America have had an extraordinary impact. He spent the 1970s crisscrossing the continent to assemble his two best known bodies of work, "American Surfaces" and "Uncommon Places". These photographs focused on the minutiae of modern American life, unveiling the exceptional beauty to be found in banality and pioneering the two most important photographic idioms of the past thirty years: the diaristic snapshot (later taken up by such artists as Nan Goldin and Wolfgang Tillmans) and the monumentalized landscape (as practiced by Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky). Shore was also one of the first art photogaphers to work in colour, capturing the sky blues, mustard yellows and avocado greens of a nation whose chromatic enthusiasm occasionally outstripped its taste. Less well known are Shore's earlier works. While still in high school in the mid-1960s he undertook a three-year a project shooting Andy Warhol's legendary studio, The Factory, at its creative peak, with a revolving cast of characters that included the Velvet Underground and Nico, Edie Sedwick and of course Warhol himself.