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23 July 2015

Stephen Shore, Rencontres d’Arles 2015

Stephen Shore is one of the most important and visibly influential photographers of the past three decades. The new approach that defines his contribution to photography and its language has continued to arouse the interest of different generations of artists and he remains a key reference point for young photographers working today. As a result, shore’s work is also particularly valuable for an understanding of the current photographic scene and for an analysis of some of the hegemonic practices in photography of the past few years.

Shore has been particularly interested in reflecting on the factors that determine the role played by the camera in the transfiguration of the world into image. In his ongoing questioning of photography’s different modes and genres he has deliberately avoided restricting himself to pre‐established formulas, even moving on from the new conventions that his own work has helped to generate, with the result that his projects are very diverse in formal terms. equally important is the fact that his ideas, both visual and theoretical, offer a new perspective on a cultural context in which the relation between art and photography has been particularly intense and wide‐ranging.

This exhibition, which is the most comprehensive to date of the artist’s work, focuses on understanding his artistic approach. By offering a contemporary reassessment of projects such as Uncommon Places and American Surfaces in relation to other less well known or unpublished works. The exhibition also reveals how his work embodies the complex exchange and feedback operations that took place between the art and photography worlds from the mid‐ 1960s onwards, a dialectic that has continued to influence the devel‐ opment of photographic practice up to the present day.

Marta Dahó

 

 

Exhibition curator: Marta Dahó.
Exhibition organised by the FUNDACIÓN MAPFRE in collaboration with the Rencontres d’Arles.
With support from Parmigiani Fleurier.
Publication : Stephen Shore,
Editions Xavier Barral, 2014.
Exhibition venue: Espace Van Gogh.