Stephen Shore

An excerpt from DEAR DAVE, 25

I was given this print in the late 60s by the District Attorney of Amarillo, Texas. It is a police photograph of a murder scene. While it was made to record this scene, without aesthetic intent, the officer who took this picture seems to have been momentarily captivated by his own shadow and the raking, late afternoon, High Plains light, and tilted the camera slightly down. Perhaps, as an artist, I’m reading too much into the framing. Perhaps the explanation is simpler: the officer wanted to include the tire track in the picture.