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Pictures from the Real World: Colour Photographs 1987-88

Moore, David; Chandler, David [Essay]

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ISBN 10: 1907893334 / ISBN 13: 9781907893339
Published by Dewi Lewis Publishing, United Kingdom, 2013
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Pictures from the Real World: Colour ...

Publisher: Dewi Lewis Publishing, United Kingdom

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

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The series is a powerful collection of colour documentary photographs of families on a council estate in Moore's home city of Derby, UK, made between 1987 and 1988. At the time, few serious documentary photographers were working in colour and Moore's choice was in many ways a rebellion against the prevalent aesthetic. It was also a crtical response to the new political and social realities imposed by Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government from 1979. As David Chandler comments in a new essay commissioned for the book; 'Pictures from the Real World' presents working class life as a strange blend of physical mayhem and inertia, the abrasive square frames of Moore's camera cut into bodies and objects, much as the rooms themselves seem to struggle to contain them'. Published as a limited edition of 500 copies the book is a unique collaboration between Dewi Lewis Publishing and London based, Here Press. The work retains a visceral energy 25 years after the event and documents a very particular time in British social and photographic history. One might also argue that the subsistence level living encountered connects the content of the work to current times.

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David Moore has published several books and exhibited widely. His first solo exhibition, The Velvet Arena, was at The Photographers' Gallery, London in 1994 and was also published as a book. His most recent book The Last Things (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2008) documented a never before photographed, government bunker in central London. David Moore lives in London and is currently Course Leader on MA Photography at Central Saint Martins, London. A major survey show of his work is planned for 2015.

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