Using an 8 x 10 inch camera, Stephen Shore began this body of work in the early 1990s.
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Using an 8 x 10 inch camera, Stephen Shore began this body of work in the early 1990s. At that time he had a cabin on Spread Eagle Mountain, in Keene, Essex County. Here, in the High Peaks region of the Adirondack Mountains, the forest is a mixture of hard and soft woods. The boulders scattered about are mostly anorthosite, an igneous rock (one formed by volcanic action) that is found not only on much of the earth’s crust but also on the moon.
Shore is internationally acclaimed for his large-format color photographs, but for this body of work he turned to black-and-white film. The simplicity of his subject matter – trees photographed straight on, and rocks embedded in the soil on the forest floor – is matched by its nobility, all of which is emphasized through Shore’s masterful control of silver and light.
Essex County is an oversized book measuring 14 x 17 inches, beautifully printed in duotone and hand-bound in Japanese cloth. This first printing is limited to 1,000 copies.