Mose. A preliminary report. Photographs by Stephen Shore. Linea di Confine per la fotografia contemporanea. Koenig Books, London, 2011. Unpaged. Quarto. SIGNED on title page. Stiff wrappers. Photo-illustrated dust jacket. Color reproductions.
The Nature of Photographs. Photographs by numrous artists. Text by Stephen Shore. Phaidon, London, 2010. 86 pp. Small quarto. 2010, printing of the 2007 reissue. SIGNED on half-title page. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. 26 color and 60 black-and-white reproductions.
"Tidal flooding has long threatened the Venetian lagoon, a danger that the high-tech MOSE (Modulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico) project was founded to address. This volume collects photographs taken by Walter Niedermayr in 2008 of the lagoons and islands affected by the new system, captured with his characteristic use of dazzling light."--the publisher
In The Nature of Photographs Shore's basic template is John Szarkowski's seminal 1966 volume The Photographer's Eye. Alongside photographs by Robert Adams, Dieter Appelt, Aaron Diskin, Walker Evans, Garry Winogrand, and numerous others, Shore's deceptively simple text illuminates the precise relationships between the photograph as an object, its content, its purely visual qualities, and the experience of viewing it.