The Nature of Photographs. Photographs by numrous artists. Text by Stephen Shore. Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. Published in cooperation with the Center for American Places, 1988. 86 pp. Small quarto. First printing. SIGNED on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 48 duotone and 5 color illustrations.
In a manner not unlike John Szarkowski's seminal Photographer's Eye, Shore uses numerous images to guide the reader through his own deceptively simple lessons about photographic seeing. Alongside photographs by numerous well-known photographers, Shore illuminates the precise relationships between the photograph as an object, its content, its purely visual qualities, and the experience of viewing it. One of the true classics on the aesthetics of photography!