Galerie Edwynn Houk is pleased to present an exhibition of Stephen Shore’s (b. New York, 1947) vintage color photographs from the artist’s hallmark body of work, Uncommon Places. The show opens on Thursday, 11 February and marks the first solo exhibition of Shore’s work at Galerie Edwynn Houk in Zurich.
A child prodigy of photography, Stephen Shore began working with his first darkroom kit at the age of six, and when he was only fourteen, Edward Steichen acquired his photographs for the collection of the Museum of Modern Art. In his late teens, Shore met Andy Warhol and became a regular at Warhol’s factory where he documented the life and people he encountered there. At the young age of 23, Shore became the youngest living photographer to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
For the current exhibition, Galerie Edwynn Houk presents a selection of 15 original vintage photographs from the Uncommon Places series printed at the time of Shore’s travels in the 1970’s. Later reimagined as large-scale editions using contemporary materials and printing processes, these pristinely conserved early works demonstrate Shore’s original intention and vision through the preservation of the original paper, scale, and palette. Subsequently, each vintage print fittingly conveys an authentic atmosphere of the 1970’s, not only through Shore’s chosen imagery, but also through the object and color quality of each print.