The Book of Books: Stephen Shore

A limited edition book containing all 83 of Shore’s print-on-demand books made between 2003 and 2008

Stephen Shore


Price: USD$2,600.00


Intrigued by the creative potential of print-on-demand technology, in 2003 Stephen Shore began making a series of books using Apple's iPhoto service. Each book was a visual record of his activities on one particular day. The project shifted in emphasis from August 2005, when Shore determined to make an entire book wherever he was in the world 'on days that The New York Times deemed an event newsworthy enough to bestow one of its six-column, full-width banner headlines to it.

Produced in editions of 20 and sold at his galleries, these books have become coveted and collected by the photographic community. They were exhibited as part of Shore’s show at New York’s International Center of Photography in 2007 and The Metropolitan Museum of Art bought a set for its permanent collection.

The Book of Books is a highly collectible, two volume book (limited to 250 copies) containing a complete collection of these 83 print-on-demand books. The original layouts, including bank pages, are reproduced at actual size and organised chronologically. In this way, the collector experiences each book and the entire book project as Stephen Shore originally intended. Watch the interview with Stephen for more information about the project and the book.

Limited edition of 250 copies, each book is numbered and signed by the photographer
Hardback, two volumes in a slipcase
216mm x 280mm (8 1/2 x 11 in)
2302 pp
1000 colour illustrations
9780714860862 | 0714860867



One need only examine Shore’s very first print-on-demand book to understand how the process could liberate the artist and breathe new life into his lifelong exploration of photography’s creative potential. Although second on the official list, the first book Shore conceived and produced using these methods is titled by the date he made the photographs, 3-25-03. It features the artist’s visual response to New York City stimuli on a particularly intense sunny day in late March 2003. Whittled down to nineteen photographs that recall much of the style and subject matter Shore explored in “American Surfaces,”

the book opens with a near-perfect still life of a napkin holder, hot sauce, and ketchup squeeze bottle just inside the window at the Lexington Coffee Shop, and closes with a view of trees seen through a dirty railroad car window. In between are poignant observations from the phenomenon of life and light: a brown paper bag hides a pizza slice, a brass-handled double doorway gleams and awaits visitors, baby Jesus blesses all who pay respect, an array of husky coconuts hide their sweet milk. Emerson would have been delighted by the book: “A dog, drawn by a master, or a litter of pigs, satisfies, and is a reality not less than the frescoes of Angelo. From this succession of excellent objects, we learn at last the immensity of the world, the opulence of human nature, which can run out to infinitude in any direction.”

Stephen Shore
Amanda Renshaw
Stephen Shore took his first photographs as a child and by the age of 14, three of his photographs were acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York. As a teenager he spent time in Andy Warhol’s Factory photographing the artist and his entourage. In 1971 Shore became the first living photographer to have a one-person show at the MetropolitanMuseum of Art. His photographs have since been included in numerous shows, including the ‘American Surfaces’ exhibition (Cologne and Frankfurt, 1999) and the Tate Modern’s successful 2003 ‘Cruel and Tender’ exhibition. Shore is a pioneering and highly influential photographer; he is also an important teacher and is Director of the Photography Program at Bard College, New York.   Amanda Renshaw, Phaidon Editorial Director talks about The Book of Books.

'This book embraces brand new technology and brand new ways of making a book. We at Phaidon have made a true work of art in a pioneering way with one of the most important and influential photographers in the world.

I really do believe that this is a one off in book publishing and the way that it’s made and the way that this work is presented will change the way that books are made in the future. It is not only a landmark but also a benchmark against which other books will be measured.’


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