Stephen Shore master class and exhibition

24 October 2008 | Story by Helen Théron

Stephen Shore
Picture lens: American photographer Stephen Shore gives a master class at Michaelis.

The Michaelis School of Fine Art hosted a series of lectures and master classes with Stephen Shore in October, held in partnership with the Roger Ballen Foundation.

Shore lives in the US and is known for his pioneering use of colour photography and images of everyday scenes. He has exhibited internationally and is housed in a number of important collections and museums.

He has been greatly influential on contemporary photographers such as Andreas Gursky, Martin Parr, Thomas Struth and Nan Goldin. His publications include Uncommon Places, The Nature of Photographs, and American Surfaces. He has been the director of photography at Bard College since 1982.

Shore delivered an illustrated lecture on his work as part of the Lunch Time Lecture series on the Hiddingh campus. The master classes were held over two days and participants included staff and students from the universities of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes, and Stellenbosch, among others, as well as a number of photographers from the broader photographic community.

The master classes took the form of critique sessions where participants showed their work for discussion with Shore and other participants.

Shore's exhibition, Colouring American Photography will be on display at the IZIKO South African National Gallery until 23 November.

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