Stephen Shore was born on October 8, 1947 in New York City. Shore was interested in photography from an early age after receiving a darkroom kit at the age of six from his uncle. He taught himself how to use a 35mm camera, where he made his first color photographs three years later. Shore’s career began at age fourteen when he contacted the curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, Edward Steichen. During their meeting, Steichen bought three of Shore’s photographs for the museum’s permanent collection. At the age of sixteen, Shore met Andy Warhol and began frequenting his studio, photographing scenes at the Factory. In 1971, at twenty-three, he became the first living photographer to have a one-person show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. He has long been considered the pioneer of color art photography. Since 1982, Shore has been the director of Photography Program at Bard College.
Stephen Shore is featured in Edition: The Best of the Met