London is in for a real treat, as we get a rare insight into Stephen Shore’s vision of Warhol’s factory from 1965-67 in his current solo exhibition The Velvet Years at Spreuth Magers gallery.
As an ambitious and precocious New York boy from the age of 6, Shore taught himself how to develop photographs after being given a Kodak home developing kit as a present, at 9 he was taking pictures and by 14 had secured a meeting with Edward Steichen at the Museum of Modern Art. He went on to be one of the first living photographers at the unbelievably early age of 23 to have a one person show at the Metropolitan and is universally known as one of the leading pioneers of colour photography.
Probably better known for his American Surfaces and Uncommon Places photography series, Shore started taking pictures at the Factory after meeting Andy Warhol when he was just 17 at a Film-Makers’ Coop screening. Fortunately for us, he didn’t pursue film and with his Leica took everlasting black and white impressions of the activities at the Factory.
Stephen Shore ‘The Velvet Years. Warhol’s Factory 1965-67’ at Sprueth Magers, London