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Stephen Shore in Conversation with Peter Kayafas

Wednesday, June 7

7:00 pm

Aperture Gallery and Bookstore 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor New York, NY

$5 DONATION

This event is free for students with ID and Aperture Members at the $50 level and above.

Join Aperture for a conversation with Stephen Shore and Peter Kayafas—director of the Eakins Press Foundation and photographer, curator, and teacher—about Shore’s newest publication Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973–1981.

Stephen Shore’s Uncommon Places is indisputably a canonic body of work—a touchstone for those interested in photography and the American landscape. Remarkably, despite having been the focus of numerous shows and books, including the eponymous 1982 Aperture classic (expanded and reissued several times), this series of photographs has yet to be explored in its entirety. Over the past five years, Shore has scanned hundreds of negatives shot between 1973 and 1981. In this new volume, Stephen Shore: Selected Works, 1973–1981, Aperture has invited an international group of fifteen photographers, curators, authors, and cultural figures—from Wes Anderson to Hans Ulrich Obrist—to curate selections of ten photographs each from this new cache of images. Each portfolio offers an idiosyncratic and revealing commentary on why this body of work continues to astound; how it has impacted the work of new generations of photography and the medium at large; and proposes new insight on Shore’s unique vision of America as transmuted in this totemic series.

Peter Kayafas is a photographer, publisher, curator and teacher who lives in New York City where he is the Director of the Eakins Press Foundation. His photographs have been widely exhibited, and are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art; the Brooklyn Museum of Art; The New York Public Library; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the New Orleans Museum of Art; and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others. He has taught photography at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn since 2000. In addition to two other monographs (The Merry Cemetery of Sapanta and O Public Road! Photographs of America) his most recent book Totems, with an essay by Jed Perl, is available from the Purple Martin Press.

Stephen Shore has had a significant influence on more than one generation of artists and photographers. He is the director of the photography program at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. A major retrospective of Shore’s work is planned to take place at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2017.

Stephen Shore in Conversation with Peter Kayafas