Stephen Shore shoots The Women’s March

The New York photographer records another moment in the ever-changing life of New York City
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Stephen Shore's photograph of the Women's March, New York, January 2017. Image courtesy of Shore's Instagram
Stephen Shore's photograph of the Women's March, New York, January 2017. Image courtesy of Shore's Instagram

Stephen Shore has been documenting life in New York for over half a century. The fine-art photographer’s latest book Factory: Andy Warhol reproduces the black-and-white photographs Shore shot at Warhol’s original Silver Factory studio in Manhattan between 1965 and 1967.

Yet Shore is not nostalgic. In 2003, he started making print-on-demand books, each capturing his daily activities. Shore continued exploring this method until 2008, by which time he had produced 83 books, all of which were collated into the Phaidon anthology The Book of Books.

 

Stephen Shore's photograph of the Women's March, New York, January 2017. Image courtesy of Shore's Instagram
Stephen Shore's photograph of the Women's March, New York, January 2017. Image courtesy of Shore's Instagram

Indeed, he doesn’t limit himself to print. His pioneering 2013 digital photobook, A New York Minute, pre-empted the popularity of Snapchat videos, by collating sixteen short films shot on the streets of the Big Apple into a single, elegant iPad-only publication.

Now Shore has taken to Instagram to share his photographs of last Saturday's Women's March on New York. He’s only posted a handful of images, yet they’re a crisp selection, quite evocative of his specific time and place.

 

Nick Shore at the Women's March, New York, January 2017 by Stephen Shore. Image courtesy of Shore's Instagram
Nick Shore at the Women's March, New York, January 2017 by Stephen Shore. Image courtesy of Shore's Instagram

Stephen and his son the film producer Nick Shore attended the march, which was staged to rally support for women’s rights following the recent presidential election. You could view the shots both as a political statement, yet they’re equally evocative of a moment in time, and, in years to come, viewers may well be as fascinated by the look of the day as the message of the day.

 

Stephen Shore's photograph of the Women's March, New York, January 2017. Image courtesy of Shore's Instagram
Stephen Shore's photograph of the Women's March, New York, January 2017. Image courtesy of Shore's Instagram

To see more of Shore's work, order a copy of Factory: Andy Warhol here; order a copy of The Book of Books here; and head over to iTunes to see A New York Minute. You can find all our other Stephen Shore books here. And if you're looking for more examples of how artists both celebrated and unknown have resisted the powers that be in recent times, check out Liz McQuiston's scholarly but thoroughly readable and copiously illustrated Visual Impact Creative Dissent in the 21st Century.


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