Topographies: Aerial Surveys of the American Landscape
Stephen Shore


"The Shorean image is often seen as something that disrupts our idea of America, or of what American imagery can be." Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker

Topographies: Aerial Surveys of the American Landscape presents the latest body of work from Stephen Shore: a series of photographs shot by drone from 2020 onwards, which reveal in arresting detail the interplay of natural and man-made landscapes in Montana, North Carolina, New York, and beyond.

In this new body of work, Shore revisits the original ambitions of the renowned 1975 exhibition ‘New Topographics’, using a new aerial viewpoint to consider afresh the concerns of the movement – the objective, the commonplace, and the relationship of the natural and man-made in the American landscape – reflecting on how these might be applied in the twenty-first century.

As much as exploring the formal possibilities of the aerial photograph, Topographies displays a glorious dedication to detail and surprise, in which the slightest bend of a river or turn of a shadow uncovers the textures and colours of America’s urban and suburban landscapes, all investigated with Shore’s signature rigour.

With essays by Noah Chasin and Richard B. Woodward


Embossed linen hardcover with tipped-in image
30.5 x 25.2 cm, 208 pages

ISBN 978-1-913620-89-9
February 2023
€75 £65 $85



The signed edition includes a slip signed by the artist and glued into the inside back cover.