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Ray-Jones: Amazing Perfection

Reproduced here in full, with permission, is the complete text of Ian Walker’s research 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”

Moore: A Rarity

The cover of the rare Anglo-Welsh Review featuring Raymond Moore

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.

The Anglo-Welsh Review, 1969

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.

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On photographing cathedrals and parish churches

The cover of ‘English Cathedrals’.
Olive’s dedication to me on the inside cover.

In 1990, Olive Cook gave me a signed and dedicated copy of ‘English Cathedrals‘, which had just been published. In the Foreword she says that the book was needed because relatively few of Edwin’s photographs of cathedrals had ever been published, yet it was a subject to which he was considerably drawn.

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