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Transparencies: Stephen Shore in conversation with Lou Stoppard

Thursday 21st May 2020 7pm - 8pm 107 Charing Cross Road Literary Event, Signing, Chargeable Event


***We regret to inform you that due to ongoing public health concerns, this event has now been cancelled. Please email for any further information***


Spend an evening in the company of one of the most influential contemporary photographers Stephen Shore as he joins writer and curator Lou Stoppard for a rare UK event to launch his stunning archive of 35mm Kodachrome images Transparencies: Small Camera Works 1971-1979 (MACK).


During the making of his now iconic 1982 book Uncommon Places, Shore carried with him a 35mm Leica camera, capturing images of everyday American life in the distinctive and direct style that had originally inspired him in his early teens. Reflecting now on this lost collection nearly thirty years later, Shore will open up on the uncanny vision of America captured in his images, revealing a hidden, familiar yet still otherworldly space behind the photo frame. Shore will also discuss his illustrious career to date, demonstrating how the techniques used to create the never-before-seen images of Transparencies are still those that inform and illuminate his approach to large-format photography, and how he continually aims to replicate the unmediated feel of his early work.


Stephen Shore has had his work widely published and exhibited for the past 45 years. At age 23, he was the first living photographer to have a solo show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York since Alfred Stieglitz, 40 years earlier. More than 25 books have been published of Stephen Shore’s photographs including Uncommon Places: The Complete Works and American Surfaces—works which are now considered important milestones in photographic history. Shore is represented by 303 Gallery (New York) and Sprüth Magers (London and Berlin).


Lou Stoppard is a London-based writer and curator. She has written for titles including The Financial Times, Aperture, The New York Times and the New Yorker, as well as various international editions of Vogue. She has curated a variety of photography and fashion exhibitions, including North: Fashioning Identity—an exploration of visual representations of the North of England, at Open Eye Gallery in Liverpool and Somerset House in London—and The Hoodie, at Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, which looked at this much-debated garment. In 2019, she edited Shirley Baker for Mack, bringing together 50 years of work by an under-appreciated British female street photographer.


The event will be followed by a Q&A and book signing.


Transparencies: Small Camera Works 1971-1979 by Stephen Shore is published by MACK



Tickets: £50 Book & Ticket inc. a copy of Transparencies (RRP £50) / £8 Standard / £5 Concession*. Venue: The Auditorium - Level 6, Foyles 107 Charing Cross Road**.


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