Feeling that Stephen Shore’s comments have been blown out of proportion, I emailed him to get his take on things. He promptly replied with the following:
- Thanks for bringing this posting to my attention and thanks for giving me an opportunity to respond. I was beginning to compose my response when I saw that you posted the full context of my comments. I think that helps clarify my meaning and I appreciate your posting it. That said, my original comment was a glib generalization that was unfair to a collection of images as heterogeneous as that on Flickr.
So enough of the Shore bashing please. If you want to go after someone, go after me. I took a small comment he made in conversation and broadcast it to a large audience to serve my own ends. It isn’t like Shore made these comments in his book on photography. None of us would feel great if all of our generalizations were cut and pasted into the echo chamber of the blogosphere.
One of the things I’ve always treasured about this blog is the thoughtfulness and civility of debate. Mr. Shore’s email goes a long way in reestablishing this quality. I urge you to respond in kind.