Reproduced in full here is the introduction to Ray-Jones’ first and ground-breaking book ‘A Day Off‘, the book that he did not live long enough to see published. Written by Ainslie Ellis, a contributing editor for The British Journal of Photography at the time, and used in that journal two years previously, it gives an excellent overview of Ray-Jones’ life and work.
This article on Tony Ray-Jones, written by the late Peter Turner, appeared in the July 1988 issue of Creative Camera magazine.
As far as I can ascertain, the first time that non-assignment photographs by Tony Ray-Jones were published in the UK was in the October 1968 issue of Creative Camera magazine, then under the editorship of Bill Jay.
The magazine featured on the cover one of the photographs Ray-Jones had made during his stay in America and the article comprised a statement by him, together with a comment on the work by Frank Charlton. These are reproduced in full below.
When I visited the Solway Coast region in 2011 it was really to explore the area that the late Raymond Moore made his own through a remarkable series of photographs made in the 1970s and 1980s. Continue reading “In Search Of Ray Moore”
Raymond Moore (1920-1987) has been gone a long time.
Yet this important and influential British photographer, considered a key player in the development of photographic practice in the UK, is not just gone but also almost forgotten. Photo-historians and academics do their best to bring his work to the attention of students; curators and gallery owners would love to be able to get their hands on his prints to exhibit or sell; publishers often wish to include his work in books on the history of photography. But, due to a still unresolved legal issue following his death, his archive of images languishes in some vault, hopefully well-protected, while his achievements and the importance of his contribution fade from memory.
Although Raymond Moore’s work is regularly referenced in publications about photography, during his lifetime only two major collections of photographs were published in book form: Murmurs at Every Turn in 1981, and Every So Often in 1984. In addition, two brief catalogues were produced to accompany exhibitions: Photographs by Raymond Moore, produced in 1968 by The Welsh Arts Council to accompany a touring show, and 49 Prints, published by The British Council in 1986 to accompany an international touring exhibition of his work. I have also included the work published in the 1967 Camera Owner article and the 1977 Creative Camera International Yearbook retrospective.