Mose: A Preliminary Report by Stephen Shore
. First impression of this paperback edition (2011). Large format paperback in fine condition. Slight shelf wear. No internal markings. Dust jacket in removable protective sleeve. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Mose: A Preliminary Report
So, this volume collects the photographs taken by Stephen Shore in Venice in the summer of 2008. Shore's Preliminary Report on Venice's Mose first appears like a collation of materials documenting the phenomenon of acqua alta (flooding) and the construction of the mobile gates intended to protect the Venetian lagoon.
Archive photographs, newspaper articles, historical maps, technical reports, engineering plans, and landscapes follow one after the other like dissimilar elements in an open investigation. Every page in this seemingly linear expositive structure continues to subtly yet insistently question us about the fragmentary nature of what we see and think. Shore's photographs achieve a frankness that can be disarming, zero-downed observations purified as far as possible of any sort of cultural reference and pre-conception.
Stephen Shore is an American photographer recognised for his images of banal scenes and objects in the United States. As well as for his pioneering use of color in art photography. His books include Uncommon Places and also American Surfaces, photographs that he took on cross country road trips in the 1970s. He is also director of the photography program at Bard College, New York.
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