Stephen Shore, U.S. 97 (21 July, 1973), South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA. From Stephen Shore: A Road Trip Journal
Stephen Shore, U.S. 97 (21 July, 1973), South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA. From Stephen Shore: A Road Trip Journal

Stephen Shore signing in London this Friday

The pioneering photographer launches his debut iBook and presents his two-volume Book of Books collection

As we've previously reported, the contemporary photography market is in the ascendent, with 92% of experts surveyed saying they believe that the trade in collectable contemporary photos will grow. Among the most bankable photographers is Stephen Shore.

Shore, who turned 66 last month, had his first pictures bought by Edward Steichen at the tender age of 14. He went onto capture life in Warhol's original, 1960s, silver Factory, and pioneered the use of colour film in fine-art photography. So we're fairly confident that gallery goers and scholars will be taking his work seriously for some time to come.

 

Stephen Shore, County of Sutherland (1988), Scotland
Stephen Shore, County of Sutherland (1988), Scotland

So if you're in or near London we urge you to try to get along to The Photographers' Gallery bookshop on Friday, where Shore will present his new, two-volume collection, The Book of Books, and launch his first iBook, A New York Minute. There will also be copies of our other Shore titles on offer to buy and get signed there too. These include the wonderful American Surfaces and The Nature of Photographs.

 

Stephen Shore, Abu Dhabi (2009)
Stephen Shore, Abu Dhabi (2009)

This signing precedes the opening of the photographer's London retrospective, Something + Nothing, which is at Sprüth Magers's Grafton Street gallery from 26 November until 11 January. The title of this show comes from a John Cage lecture, and, as we explained back in the summer, refers to Shore's uncanny ability to find beauty in the everyday. Though the exhibition takes in four decades of the photographer's career, it is not arranged chronologically. Rather, curator Todd Levin has chosen a number of recurring themes to hang it around. Look out pictures grouped under the following rubrics: roads and intersections; billboards; hastily captured portraits; local consumer tendencies and tastes.

 

Stephen Shore, Helen Butler (3 June, 1976), Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Stephen Shore, Helen Butler (3 June, 1976), Fort Worth, Texas, USA

For more on this show, go here. For more on Friday's signing, go here. And to browse through our collection of Stephen Shore books and signed, limited-edition prints and to buy them from the people who made them, go here.