Survivors in Ukraine: Stephen Shore
A powerful and haunting visual record, Stephen Shore’s portraits highlight the resilience and hope of Ukraine’s Holocaust survivors.
Stephen Shore, one of the most influential photographers living today, traveled to the Ukraine in 2012 and again in 2013, just prior to the current political upheaval, to visit 35 survivors, most of whom are women. In the photographs of the survivors and their homes, Shore visually explores their collective experience as seen through quotidian details, and leaves open the question as to how the history of the Holocaust informs the viewer’s reception of the portraits.
The book’s 200 digital color photographs are organized to create intimate portraits of their individual and collective experiences whilst maintaining the unsentimental formal order of his photography.
An essay by Jane Kramer, who has written The New Yorker’s Letter from Europe since 1981, will situate the survivors and their stories in the historical context of Ukraine’s modern history with a particular emphasis in the place of Jews within that history.
An important cultural document, Survivors in Ukraine sits between the traditions of the diaristic colour photobook that Shore himself pioneered with Uncommon Places (1982) and American Surfaces (2005), and that of the ‘concerned’ photographer using the camera as witness to conflict and other historic events.
From Galilee to the Negev: Stephen Shore
Photographer Stephen Shore creates a living portrait of Israel and the West Bank.
From Galilee to the Negev offers an intimate look at this multi‐faceted place, exploring its complexities and its contradictions. Shore travelled the length and breadth of the region, questioning and revealing through his camera lens. His visual inquiry explores the landscape itself and the people who live in it – the daily lives and the narratives that combine to create this fascinating place, at once beautiful and ugly, safe and hostile.
Shore’s images are accompanied by texts from a diverse range of writers, including Jane Kramer, Yotam Ottolenghi, and Yossi Klein Halevi, each of whom selected a single photograph as a springboard for his or her response.
The Nature of Photographs: Stephen Shore
An essential primer on how to look at and understand photographs, by one of the world’s most influential photographers, Stephen Shore. He explores ways of understanding photographs from all periods and all types, from iconic images to found photographs, from negatives to digital files.
Winslow Arizona: Stephen Shore
Photographer Stephen Shores extensive travels across the United States, document the banal scenes and objects he encounters along the way. This series was made on a single day in 2013, when Shore revisited a small Arizona town he had first seen in 1972. As part of Doug Aitkens Station to Station project, in which invited artists, writers, performers and filmmakers rode a train from New York to California, stopping at various points to stage happenings, Shore decided to photograph Winslow and make a slideshow at the next stop; a visual improvisation. His portrait of the sun-baked town is bleak, with boarded-up buildings, abandoned objects and lifeless streets.
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