Steven Shore: A Road Trip Journal

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Stephen Shore is one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century, best known for his photographs of vernacular America taken in the early 1970s two bodies of work entitled American Surfaces and Uncommon Places. These projects paved the way for future photographers of the 'ordinary' and 'everyday' such as Martin Parr, Thomas Struth, and Nan Goldin. Shore is one of the most important artists working today, and his prints are included in collections of eminent museums and galleries around the world.

On July 3, 1973, Stephen Shore set out on the road again. This road trip marked an important point in his career, as he was coming to the tail end of American Surfaces and embarking on a body of work that is known as Uncommon Places. While traveling, in addition to taking photographs, Shore also distributed a set of postcards that he had made and printed himself. While passing through Amarillo, Texas, Shore selected ten of his own photographs of places of note, such as Doug's Barb-B-Que and the Potter County Court House, and designed the back of the cards to look like a typical generic postcard. He sent these images to a well-known postcard printer and ordered 5,600 copies of each card. Then, driving from town to town, Shore surreptitiously inserted his own cards into postcard racks in stores across the country, mixing his own work with 'real' postcards and giving unsuspecting shopkeepers new stock free of charge.

In a deadpan, unemotional style, Shore's month-long journal itemizes where he stayed, what he ate, which television programs he watched, what photographs he took, how many miles he drove, and how many postcards he distributed on each day of his trip. The journal also includes postcards of the towns where he stayed as well as some of his own photographs alongside hotel, restaurant, and gas station receipts. As he traveled, recording his experiences in his journal, Shore photographed the towns and cities through which he passed, the people he met, the food he ate, the beds he slept in, and even the toilets he 'encountered', from New York to California and back again.

A Road Trip Journal marks the turning point between two major bodies of work in Shore's career and includes some classic portraits from this pioneering color photographer. Each page of the journal is reproduced exactly and bound in a book that matches the format of the original book down to its cover. Following this, every photograph taken over the course of the trip is also featured, whether a perfect composition or a slightly fogged negative of the same scene. A map marks Shore's journey and his own text on the history of the road trip in America is also included. The book also contains reproductions of a number of postcards that Shore made on his trip, allowing the reader the chance to tear them out and use them, or keep them as a piece of 1970s Shore memorabilia.

A Road Trip Journal is a highly collectible publication for any photo book collector, photography enthusiast or student, or anyone with an interest in American culture of the 1970s. This limited edition book numbered and signed by the photographer is an exciting addition to Phaidon's ever-growing, highly popular Shore list.

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At the age of 17, Stephen Shore (b.1947) was a regular at Andy Warhol's Factory. By the age of 23 he became the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. An unrivalled pioneer in his field, his work has been exhibited in numerous museums worldwide and influenced generations of photographers. In 1982 he was appointed Director of the Photography Program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, where he is the Susan Weber Soros Professor in the Arts.

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"Fascinating."-Metro "One of the most remarkable, yet understated imagists of modern photography... Shore's skill at capturing mundane scenes and transforming them into crisp, fascinating images is unparalleled."-Gay Times

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Book Description Phaidon Press, Inc, London and New York, 2008. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. First edition, first printing. Limited edition of 3300 copies, signed and numbered by Shore. Hardcover. Black leather-covered boards, no dust jacket as issued, with photographically illustrated slipcase and publisher's cardboard shipping box. Photographs, text and facsimile journal reproduction by Stephen Shore. Designed by Stephan Müller. 256 pp., with 300 four-color illustrations beautifully printed on heavy coated paper from separations by Robert Hennessey. 14-3/8 x 11-1/4 inches. [Cited in Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, The Photobook: A History, Volume III. (London and New York: Phaidon, 2014)]. New in publisher's packaging. A Road Trip Journal is a limited edition facsimile of Stephen Shore's personal journal which traces his now legendary 1973 road trip across the U.S. This unique volume is loaded with the ephemera of Shore's month-long trip: motel, restaurant and gasoline receipts, postcards, ticket stubs and notes on the photographs, and exquisite reproductions of every photograph made during the trip. The journal offers collateral glimpses into the artist's experience, taking on a heightened significance that comes with the knowledge that it was this trip that yielded the photographs for Shore's seminal book, Uncommon Places, which changed the way photography was perceived when it was released in 1982. Shore was the anti-Frank in many ways. Yet, he followed in Robert Frank's footsteps, traveling the country, in the long tradition of wandering, seeking photographers. As an outsider to American culture, Frank saw a chaotic, polarized society prone to consumerism, regret, violence, decay, human relationships in flux. He shot from the car, from the hip, with a 35mm, on the run. By contrast, Shore traveled with an 8x10" view camera keeping meticulous notes about his experience . He constructed order, stability, and represented an America seemingly without emotion, instead creating a formal clarity in storefronts, parking lots, motels, department stores, drugstores, the roadside vernacular.As one of the first photographers to seriously employ color in his work, Shore is part of the canon of modern photography. It's hard to imagine what a radical and controversial act this was in the 1960's and early 1970's. Until then, color photographs were relegated to snapshots, but few took it seriously in the service of "fine art photography."At the age of 24 Shore became the first living photographer to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1971). As a teenager, Shore could be found hanging out photographing at Andy Warhol's factory. Shore's work has an intense, formal beauty, a precision of line and color and surface. It represents a romanticized, now vanishing America, one that might be lonely, but is clean, and nostalgic. Shore made photographs that examined and ultimately elevated banality into high art with sophisticated composition and color sensibility. Sold out by the publisher before its release, A Road Trip Journal offers the opportunity to experience Shore's road trip, now as nostalgia, and is certain to become a collector's item.From the publisher: "Stephen Shore is one of the most pioneering and influential photographers of the twentieth century, best-known for his photographs of vernacular America taken in the early 1970s. This special, highly collectible limited edition book is the only complete documentation of Shore's road trip across America in 1973 featuring a reproduction of every page of the journal he made on this trip and every photograph taken. Shore recorded every detail of his road trip in this journal, which featured his own photographs and lists of information [about] where he stayed, what he ate, what he watched on the television, how many photographs he took, as well as ephemera such as receipts and postcards.This beautifully designed book is the same format as Shore's original journal, with each page faithfully reproduced and followed by a section of plates showing each photo. Bookseller Inventory # 105863

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