American Pioneers of Color


“Classic” photography is almost always associated with black & white photos. Some would even argue that the realm of fine art photography is confined to monochromatic prints. The exhibit American Pioneers of Color seeks to get rid of this stereotype.

Stephen Shore, Merced River, Yosemite, National Park, California, August 13, 1979, Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, Zurich and New York

Once ripe with controversy and looked down upon, color photography has in recent years finally broken free of the stigma of being too mundane to be considered as fine art. The realm of color back then was confined to amateur family snapshots that had no place being hung in a gallery. This was a fact that photographer Stephen Shore among others, simply didn’t want to accept.

American Pioneers of Color is a collection of modern and vintage prints by Stephen Shore, Joel Meyerowitz and William Eggleston, widely acknowledged as the early masters of color photography in the United States. Their pioneering use of color in the 1970s was a bold departure from the long established tradition of black and white photography, which had dominated the medium from its inception, and laid the foundations for contemporary photography today.

Stephen Shore, West 3rd Street, Parkersburg, West Virginia, May 16, 1974, Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, Zurich and New York

View more of the gallery at the Edwynn Houk Gallery.

written by cruzron on 2011-01-25 #news #gallery #color #exhibition #news

One Comment

  1. lavisionmd
    lavisionmd ·

    I love these guys! Stephen Shore and William Egglestone are real masters!!

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