The only major London exhibition of Raymond Moore’s photographs was held at the Hayward Gallery, London, from 24th April – 14th June, 1981. It was only the second one-person exhibition by a living photographer to be held there. The first was Bill Brandt in 1970.
The exhibition was reviewed by Roger Mayne in the July 1981 edition of Creative Camera magazine, from which this article is reproduced.
Moore was interviewed just prior to the opening of this show and a transcript may be viewed here: Ray Moore Talking.
Back in 1983, the BBC made a short film about the photographer Raymond Moore as part of a series called ‘Coast to Coast’.
Called ‘Every So Often’, it was unusual firstly for being a film about a photographer, still a rarity at that time, and secondly because Moore was not then considered to be a ‘famous’ figure in the medium, although he certainly had an ardent following amongst the up-coming generation of ‘art’ photographers in Britain.
I made a copy of the programme on VHS tape at the time of broadcast, unfortunately with the first minute or two missing. I never got around to adding it to YouTube, but now Raymond Moore’s son, David, has uploaded it in its entirety.
It is provided in three parts and the quality is not great, but it’s still perfectly watchable and is a valuable record of this unique photographer and his work.
This area of the site provides some information about Edwin Smith, Raymond Moore and Tony Ray-Jones, all now no longer with us but all of considerable importance in the development of photography in the UK.
Edwin Smith (1912-1971) is a well-established part of British photographic history. In his case, it would be a huge omission not to include information on his wife Olive Cook (1912-2002), a writer and artist. She was a tireless promoter of his work and perhaps his muse to a large extent. A separate area of the site is devoted to her.
I have included Raymond Moore (1920-1987) here because there was no information available about him on the web when I first looked back in 2001. There still isn’t much, so these pages aim to serve as a source of information on this remarkable British photographer.
Tony Ray-Jones (1941-1972) is well recognised as a leading exponent of ‘social documentary’ photography in Britain during the 1960s and 70s and someone who I have greatly admired since those days. His inclusion was prompted by a fascinating article about one of his photographs that I read in 2004, which is included in this section.
Other references to key players can be found in the ‘‘Ephemera‘ section. Information about some photographers, writers and others who have had an impact on photography or photographic practice. These include Bill Jay, Hugo Van Wadenoyen, Sir George Pollock and Alexey Brodovitch, amongst others.
Reproduced here in full, with permission, is the complete text of Ian Walker’sresearch into perhaps the most iconic of all Tony Ray-Jones’s photographs ‘Beachy Head Boat Trip, 1967’.
This article first appeared in Source magazine in 2004. Together with an article in The Guardian newspaper the same year, it inspired me to start the section of this website devoted to Ray-Jones as so little information about him appeared on the web at that time. It was recently updated and reproduced in the catalogue that accompanied the exhibition ‘Only in England’, held at The Science Museum London in 2013. It is the version from that catalogue that appears here.Continue reading “Ray-Jones: Amazing Perfection”
A collection of covers from my collection of Edwin Smith and Olive Cook books, in no particular order. It needs re-doing as some are only thumbnail size. Also, a few more have been added since this page was created.
With such a large part of this site devoted to Raymond Moore, I like to include as much information as I can gather on the man to help ‘put the record straight’ on his key role in British photography.
I have nearly all of his published works (not that many were ever published) but one came up on eBay a while ago that I’ve never managed to get hold of before. I bought it, but then promptly mislaid it, only to discover it again during a recent reorganisation.
The 1969 Winter edition of The Anglo-Welsh Review has a cover photograph by Moore and a quite lengthy article within illustrated with eight of his photographs. The cover price of six shillings in 1969 is about £4 today, but in direct translation to modern coinage is only 30p. I got it for 99p, which I guess reflects the lack of awareness of Moore’s legacy and the lack of interest in anything published about him.
It is quite an interesting read – much is reproduced from other sources, but there is some original material written by Moore specifically for inclusion. I have reproduced it in full in this article.
This is a reproduction of the text and images contained in an article that appeared in The Anglo-Welsh Review, Volume 17, No. 40 Winter 1969. It contains a reproduction of part of an article that Moore wrote for Creative Camera magazine that appeared in the November 1968 edition, together with material from him written specifically for this article.