Emergency Briefing Room [redacted photograph] from The Last Things, published by Dewi Lewis (2007)
I am a London based photographic artist and educator using documentary photography and expanded modes, making work about state and social apparatus.
Since graduating from West Surrey College of Art and Design, Farnham, England in 1988 with a BA (Hons) in Photography, my work has been exhibited, published and reviewed internationally and is held in public and private collections. I have also worked with photography within commercial contexts, especially during mid 1990’s to early 2000’s in NYC and London. I am Principal Lecturer of Photography at the University of Westminster, London. In October 2023 I passed my PhD by Published works viva, with minor corrections, submitted to the University of Sussex.
Why make photographs? Why do I make photographs? I started at a time when there was much less awareness of the developing languages of photography as an art form beyond the vernacular and commercial. Using the medium allows me to interpret my own social and political curiosity with the world. How photographs perform within that role adds to my fascination.
Within practice I have primarily used still photography, but my most recent large scale project; ‘Lisa and John’, employed performance; verbatim theatre specifically, three dimensionality and immersive installation to critique the production of knowledge that can form where working-class communities are represented through documentary discourse.
Photography is complex. It can formulate important questions beyond language, through spectacle, provocation and poetics, yet alone, may not necessarily resolve anything in the real world. I maintain a persistent belief in the validity of documentary practice. There’s every reason to keep making intelligent and purposeful work with an open mind on how that work might usefully manifest.
Shows in 2023:
David Moore Connecting Works. Sion and Moore. Bethnal Green, London.
Civilization.The Way we Live Now. Saatchi Gallery, London
The English at Home. Centre for British Photography, London
Open House, Whitworth Gallery, Manchester