These never before exhibited photographs, on show at Aspen Art Museum (until 9 October), highlight Stephen Shore's unique way of transforming the world into a photograph without the need for moral judgement. "They do not strive for overt visual statements," Suzanne Cotter, curator of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project says. "Nor to they engage in the conceptual deconstruction of photography's claim to truth and impartiality."
Abu Dhabi is "all about change" Shore says of the region which has often fallen into the long shadow cast by its loftier neighbour Dubai. Snapshots of lives, values, contrasts and contradictions all register subtly in print as Shore absorbs the environment - a city where Burka clad women front advertising and men in traditional dress drive sports cars. The older face of the middle eastern Abu Dhabi against its younger, more open globalised economy.