As a teenager in the 1960s, Shore was one of two in-house photographers at Andy Warhol’s Factory. During his first cross-country photographic road trip, Shore adopted the catholic approach of his mentor, accepting into his art everything that came along—what he ate, the rest stops he visited, the people he met. He then processed his color film as “drugstore prints”, the imprecise, colloquial term for the kind of amateur non-specialized snapshots that filled family photo albums. The entire series of 229 prints was shown for the first time in 1974 and acquired by the Metropolitan from that exhibition.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Titled, dated, numbered and initialed by the artist in black ink on print, verso TL: "Santa Rosa, N.M."; TC: "6/13/72"; BL: "6/26/72 U (1)"; BR: "SS"
Weston J. Naef
Light Gallery. "American Surfaces: Photographs by Stephen Shore," September 23, 1972–October 21, 1972.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Everyday Epiphanies: Photography and Daily Life Since 1969," June 25, 2013–January 26, 2014.
Shore, Stephen. American Surfaces. New York: Phaidon Press, 2005. p. 48.