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Larger than life: Photographer finds bigger is better for epic landscape shots

Courtesy photo<p><br/>"Working Barn" by Rick Shore.

Courtesy photo<p><br/>"Working Barn" by Rick Shore.

PRESCOTT - Rick Shore, an acclaimed photographer and former assistant to Hollywood film director Orson Welles, discusses his large-format photography and years as a Hollywood film editor and writer at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 8, at the Prescott Fine Arts Association auditorium, 208 N. Marina St., in Prescott.

"Photography and Songwriting: An Inspirational Circle" is free and open to the public. The Prescott Art Docents arranged the event.

"I love the adventure of photography and the adventure of going out on specific shoots," said Shore, 58, who moved to Prescott with his wife, Lynn, in 1993. "I love getting up at 4 a.m. and finding something beautiful you can control. Everything is about the light."

Shore studied photography and motion picture production at Emerson College in Boston. After graduating, he headed to Los Angeles.

"A friend had an RV and asked if I wanted to go to Los Angeles," Shore said. "So I went. You do things like that when you're young."

Shore worked in Hollywood until 1983, and then he and Lynn moved to Florida. While he was there, he started photographing with a 4x5 large-format camera.

"I wanted to shoot large landscapes, and realized I needed a large-format camera," he said. He still uses the same 4x5 Zone VI camera he bought in Florida, although he recently bought a second 4x5 camera.

"In school, we shot strictly 35mm and 99 percent black and white film," he said.

After photographing with large negatives and color transparencies, he started making larger prints. His prints range in size from 8x10 inches to 48x60 inches - large prints for large landscapes.

During part of his 10 years in Florida, Shore worked in a photo lab. The lab's owner started hanging some of Shore's prints in the lobby, and customers started buying them.

"I started realizing that I could make a business out of photography," he said. Now, Shore's prints hang in galleries, private collections and at government offices and hospitals.

"Hospitals like them for their soothing effect," Shore explained.

Music and songwriting are Shore's other passions.

"This passion is now out in the open with a CD collection of songs that soothe the savage beast and evoke emotions you never even knew you had," he wrote on his website.

Shore's work is exhibited at Van Gogh's Ear Gallery on Whiskey Row in Prescott, and Exposures International Gallery, 561 Highway 179, in Sedona. Other photographs may be viewed at

"I practice Ansel Adams' pre-visualization technique," Shore said. "I visualize something beautiful and how it will look framed on a wall, and then I shoot it that way."


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