Stephen Shore

iPhone 5s. 2014. Mfr: Apple. Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York

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iPhone 5s. 2014. Mfr: Apple. Courtesy the artist and 303 Gallery, New York

A few years ago, I saw some tourists taking pictures with iPads. And I was struck by the similarity between that and the use of the 8-by-10, because the iPad was about the same size. And the fact that they were standing away from it, and looking at it, rather than looking through the camera, seemed exactly analogous. If the camera is taken away from a person's face, it's no longer an extension of their eye; it then becomes just a tool that they use to make a picture. Simply putting a camera on a tripod has the same effect.

But it's certainly the case with any camera that has a ground glass, or a screen, a monitor. And so, I think that one of the reasons that I'm attracted to the iPhone is that there is this connection to how I saw for years with the view camera. Certain cameras are naturals. The iPhone is a natural, and people take wonderful pictures with their iPhones.

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