Book: Luzzara

In 1993, Stephen Shore recreated a photoessay by Paul Strand in Luzzara, Italy in the 1950s

A 1993 photoessay by the American photographer Stephen Shore has been published by Stanley/Barker. Luzzara is Shore's document of an Italian town of the same name in the province of Reggio Emilia. It is also a recreation of trip made by fellow photographer Paul Strand.

Shore's goal was not necessarily to create a survey of Luzzara then-and-now but to show how "a key feature of Italian life, at least to my New World eyes, is the presence of the traditional within the modern." He emphasises his aim "to produce a group of pictures, which to the limit of the subjectivity of my vision, supplement Strand's work."

Stephen Shore was born in New York City in 1947. His career began at a young age. At 14, he presented his photographs to Edward Steichen, MoMA's curator at the the time. Aged 17, he met Andy Warhol and started photographing the creative people around him and at 24, Shore became the second living photographer to have a solo exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Later on, he worked with photographers such as William Eggleston, magazines including Elle and fashion brands like Bottega Veneta.

Born in 1890, Paul Strand is one of the founding fathers of modern photography. Along with contemporaries including Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, he helped establish the photograph as a major art form in the 20th century.