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Friday, 26 March 2010


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Oh Golly, I'll be 40 before they make it here!

I've never been a real big fan of the social landscape style, but it's starting to grow on me. That Robert Adams "Tract House" is a heck of a photograph. On the other hand, most of the work of Bernd and Hilla Becher seems too academic to me. I guess I'm looking for an emotional response when I view a photograph.

Being from San Francisco, I appreciate that you've grouped the SFMOMA dates with the other European venues :)

As someone living in Linz, Austria, I am very grateful, that the Landesgalerie (probably photography expert Martin Hochleitner is to blame) brings world class photographic exhibitions to our small, rather provincial town, population 200.000, every year.

Needless to say, this is one show I will visit, and I am very interested how much stronger the print on the wall look compared to the already very good reproductions in the book.

I do recommend the book, it is a pleasure to look at, although I wish they had chosen a different font, not Times New Roman for the text.

The Stephen Shore photo is great, in my opinion.

I want to go to there.

That Henry Wessel really knocks me off my feet.

I love that guy's work.


As I live in the spartan hinterlands and will not have the chance to see the show, I opted for the catalog (through TOP, of course). It's quite a beautifully designed book with excellent reproduction.

The more I look at Stephen Shore's work, the more I appreciate it.

chauncey hare never gets mentioned here. why?

"chauncey hare never gets mentioned here. why?"

He wasn't in the original show? Neither was Bill Owens, or about ten other photographers I could name....


The Stephen Shore image just about knocked me out of my chair, because I took one that is startlingly similar to it back in 2007. Strangely enough, it was also done in Montana, but over in Deer Lodge rather than Kalispell.

Here it is:

It is perhaps a comment on the state of photography - and galleries that show photography - in the UK that this show has no scheduled venue here.

When I was starting out in the 1970s this work was hugely influential, both on me and on the many other photographers working in urban landscape in the UK around the same time - the work of Henry Wessel, Stephen Shore and Robert Adams in particular struck a major chord.

It's hard to believe that such a seminal show seems like it will not be shown over here...maybe a trip to Rotterdam beckons.

I've just ordered the book though, not available here until the end of April either!

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