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U.S. 97, South of Klamath Falls, Oregon, July 21, 1973
Chromogenic color print
20 x 24 ins
Courtesy of 303 Gallery, New York, NY.
Stephen Shore's 8 Î 10-inch recording of vernacular spaces radiates a sense of nostalgia for ordinary scenes that are fading out of existence. These sharply focused, familiar, and figureless scenes of the human-altered landscape were indicative of the New Topographics style of the mid-1970s and follow Shore's axiom, "Attention to focus concentrates our attention." Shore's passive yet circumspect approach to atmosphere, color, and light contemplate the secular world with the utmost clarity and detail. His work was exhibited by the Museum of Modern Art in 1976 and thus was instrumental in the acceptance of color photography as an art form.