IMA 2020 Summer Vol.32

Stephen Shore: Seeker of Truth in Contemporary Photography

IMA 2020 Summer Vol.32

At the age of 14, Stephen Shore left a mark in the history of photography when the Museum of Modern Art New York acquired his prints. He has never stopped his quest to grasp the truth that lies behind photography ever since. Unconstrained to one style nor satisfied with his early success, he faced the world that surrounds him through many shapes and forms, switching cameras to fit each of his thought processes, and slowly captured his images with sincerity. Even after his outstanding achievements, he has not stopped moving forward. And within his process of exploration, reminiscent of the discipline of a Zen monk, his wide-ranging bodies of work and the words he carefully chooses to articulate come together as one “secret of photography”, a teaching from a mentor. We are thus, made aware that what Shore saw in the vernacular landscapes of America, is what the masters of Renaissance from whom he is so inspired by, envisioned. We cannot help but think that to have encountered this great photographer in our time, is a singular blessing for all who enjoys seeing and taking photographs.



Feature Contents
Stephen Shore: Seeker of Truth in Contemporary Photography

Transparencies: Small Camera Works 1971-1979

Selected Works
The Velvet Years, Conceptual Sequences, American Surfaces, Uncommon Places, Elements, New York City, Survivors in Ukraine, Details, Instagram

Biological Essay: Stephen Shore
Toward Transcendence Text: Rebecca Bengal

Form and Pressure Text: Stephen Shore
Camera: For a Problem to Solve Text: Chikara Umihara
Things I Learned From Stephen Shore Text: Takahiro Kaneyama

Source of Inspirations

10 Questions from 10 Photographers
Todd Hido, Lucas Blalock, Gregory Halpern, Alec Soth, Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Alex Prager, Daniel Gordon, Inka & Niclas, Fumi Ishino, Go Itami

Dialogue: Photography and Flow Stephen Shore x George Miles
Attention Text: Stephen Shore

Ginza Tokyo 1964 Ko Ito
Essay Text: Mariko Asabuki

Our Tokyo Today
Taisuke Koyama, Kenryou Gu, Kosuke Nagata, Yohei Watanabe, Aya Ikeda, Hiroki Nonoyama, Miko Okada, Wang Lu


TOKYO and ME vol.14 Coley Brown
STEP OUT! vol.28 Yuu Matsui
How They Are Made vol.20 Naoyuki Hata

New Books
Catch Up
#StayHomeAndPlay Kensuke Koike
CELINE × André Butzer

Selected Articles

  • 「Transparencies: Small Camera Works 1971-1979」

    「Transparencies: Small Camera Works 1971-1979」

    Although a commissioned work, this series of images shot with a Leica during the road trip that led to his most famous Uncommon Places, were never published up until now. We present here, the slides recently uncovered by Shore, himself, of which a book was published by MACK earlier this year.

  • Selected Works

    Selected Works

    Starting with his early works from the 60s’ The Velvet Years, to his most significant series, American Surfaces and Uncommon Places in the 70s’ and following up to his Instagram pictures that he began working on in 2014, we reflect on Shore’s career through his images.

  • 10 Questions from 10 Photographers

    10 Questions from 10 Photographers

    Ten photographers, of among which are Todd Hido, Alec Soth and Go Itami, chose and commented on their favorite photograph by Shore and each asked him one question. Through diverse subjects accompanied by Shore’s answers full of wit, we unravel the versatile secrets behind his images.

  • Ginza Tokyo 1964 Ko Ito

    Ginza Tokyo 1964 Ko Ito

    As the city enlivens with the Olympics in 1964, one photographer continuously documented the people of Ginza, Tokyo. Sixty years later, the people and the city bustling with energy amid the high economic growth resurfaces once again.


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