Book Review – The Nature of Photographs

By Stephen Shore, Published 2007

Having never studied photography in an academic situation, I may be missing something of value in this book. Many of the photos have interesting elements but there is nothing profound. Stephen does a good job of explaining why something is not interesting. For example, one photo of the Colorado River, photographed in 1873, would not get a second look by most anyone. It is used to convey a sense of deep depictive space but shallow mental space. I think most modern photographers would find the Nature of Photographs to be more enlightening if the photographs were current or even more familiar. I was also hoping for more commentary from the author.

Rating: ♦♦◊◊◊

Recommendation: Library checkout if you have time

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