First Edition of Uncommon Places; Inscribed by Stephen Shore

  • Uncommon Places.
  • Uncommon Places.
  • Uncommon Places.

Uncommon Places.


Item Number: 1060

New York: Aperture, 1982.

First edition of Shore’s remarkable photobook of the American landscape, in which “the nondescript emerges as an opportunity for awakened perception.” Oblong quarto, original cloth, with 49 color plates. Inscribed by the photographer Stephen Shore on the half title page. Fine in a near fine dust jacket with a touch of shelfwear.

“Stephen Shore burst into the skies of photography in the early 70s, dazzling observers with carefully conceived color landscape photographs… Shore’s pictures are captivating, balanced objects of considerable visual complexity” (New York Times). “It was Shore, along with William Eggleston, who at the beginning of the 1970s brilliantly developed the language of Walker Evans and Robert Frank in color… mak[ing] the sophisticated snapshot not just an American language but a universal one for our modern times… The pictures in Uncommon Places are about the real— a clear, luminous, cogent reality— set down in a way that is rarely achieved by most photographers. This is what makes them so touching, so exhilarating and so important” (Parr & Badger II: 35, 295). Published simultaneously with a signed limited edition of only 100 copies. See Roth, 260.

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