Pictures of the Real World. Colour Photographs 1987-1988 [2013]

Pictures from the Real World was first seen in printin 1988, in a special edition of the independent photography magazine, Creative Camera. In 2013, the book was published as a limited edition of 500 by Dewi Lewis Publishing/Here Press and quickly sold out.
It has been an impactful project, seen and appreciated by many. More recently, my  revison of it,  alongside those within the work, has led me to new ways of thinking and understanding what a document can be, that were far from my  mind when I completed the work as a final year BA student in 1988. 

‘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 critical response to the new political and social realities imposed by Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government from 1979. As David Chandler comments in the 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’. [Publishing press]