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Stephen Shore, Isaak Bakmayev’s Medals, Berdichev, Ukraine, July 29, 2012, C-print, 16 × 20".

Stephen Shore

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Stephen Shore, Isaak Bakmayev’s Medals, Berdichev, Ukraine, July 29, 2012, C-print, 16 × 20".

With William Eggleston, Joel Sternfeld, and others, Stephen Shore was one of those who established color photography as an important aesthetic medium in the 1970s. (Before then, in sympathy with a famous dictum of Walker Evans’s—“Color photography is vulgar”—serious photographers had worked mainly in black-and-white.) Beyond the applause he won for this formal shift, Shore is equally acclaimed as a documenter of the American scene. Although he has occasionally worked abroad, he took his best-known photos in the United States, many of them on cross-country drives; he relishes motel rooms and gas stations, urban intersections and small-town Main Streets. He is a poet of the mundane, which he views with both affection and a dry ironic rigor.

In recent years, though, Shore has been working in distant parts of the world, Israel and the West Bank and Ukraine. The change of

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