Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998. 1st Edition. Small oblong quarto, publisher's charcoal cloth, spine gilt, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
"Take one step and something hidden comes into view; take another and an object in the front now presses up against one in the distance. Take one step and the description of deep space is clarified. In bringing order to this situation, a photographer solves a picture more than composes one." First edition of internationally acclaimed photographer Stephen Shore's essential primer on his medium. Growing out of a college course Shore taught for several years, the volume's aim is not simply to explore photographic content, but to serve as a source of critical analysis that is both accessible and clear. Shore utilizes images from all eras and genres including street photography, fine art photography, documentary photography, as well as images by unknown photographers, while giving his reader sparse yet textured guidance on how to comprehend an image on several levels. Shore, who has worked with various photographic forms throughout his momentous career, is best known for his pioneering use of color in art photography and his continuous documentation of the mundanities of American life. In 1971, he was the first living photographer to be exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Introduction by photographer and scholar James L. Enyeart. Illustrated throughout in black-and-white and color, with reproductions of work by several prominent photographers, including Eugène Atget, Diane Arbus, Walker Evans, and Cindy Sherman, along with a selection of Shore's own work. First printing, with complete number row to copyright page. Fine in unclipped dust jacket. Easily Shore's scarcest book, especially in hardcover in dust jacket. Item #2013