The Nature of Photographs: A PrimerStephen Shore

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The Nature of Photographs is an essential primer of how to look at and understand photographs, by one of the world's most influential photographers, Stephen Shore. In this book, Shore explores ways of understanding photographs from all periods and all types - from iconic images to found photographs, from negatives to digital files. This books serves as an indispensable tool for students, teachers and everyone who wants to take better pictures or learn to look at them in a more informed way.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Size: 245 × 210 mm (9 5/8 × 8 1/4 in)
  • Pages: 136 pp
  • Illustrations: 86 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9780714859040

At the age of 17, Stephen Shore (b.1947) was a regular at Andy Warhol's Factory. By the age of 23 he became the first living photographer to have a one-man show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. An unrivalled pioneer in his field, his work has been exhibited in numerous museums worldwide and influenced generations of photographers. In 1982 he was appointed Director of the Photography Program at Bard College, New York where he is now the Susan Weber Soros Professor in the Arts.

"This book has the power to transform the way you view, and understand, photographic prints forever."—Black & White Photography

"Intelligently written and beautifully composed... Insightful..."—Digital Photographer

"A lucid, perceptive and thought-provoking book."—Exit

"The Nature of Photographs is stuffed with gorgeous prints, from classic images to contemporary pieces."—Boston Phoenix

"A beautiful art photography book that will be the last textbook you need on the subject."—Tokion