This is an attempt to give a tentative time-line of Raymond Moore’s life. It undoubtedly contains some errors as information about him is relatively hard to track down. If you can add to or correct it in any way, please contact me.
Everything beckons us to perceive it,
murmurs at every turn,
Rainer Maria Rilke (1875-1926)
“Photography is a means of sifting or extracting visual phenomena – it can be solely concerned with conveying factual information about objects in a particular position in time and space – or it can convey an awareness or revelation of the marvellous.”
“I’m just a go-between, things discover me, I don’t discover them. But in them I can find myself and grow”
Some key dates, exhibitions, publications and references (in progress, please advise of omissions)
1920: Born Wallasey, Cheshire, UK
1937-40: Studied at Wallasey College of Art
1941-46: Served in the RAF
1947-50: Scholarship, Royal College of Art
1950: Teaching at Watford College of Art
1956: Was asked to set up photographic department at Watford College; thereafter, adopted photography as his primary medium
1959: One-man exhibition, London (location unknown).
1962: Shown at the Artist’s International Association Gallery, London
1962: Met Helmut Gernsheim, who used Moore’s work in ‘Concise History of Photography’
1963: Shown in ‘Creative Photography 1926 to the present’, Detroit, USA
1966: One-man show, University College, Aberystwyth, Wales
1966: One-man show Yr Oriel Fach, St Davids, Wales
1967: Included in ‘Modfot One‘, an “exhibition of modern British photography”.
1967: Published in Creative Camera
1968: One-man show, Welsh Arts Council Gallery (touring: Swansea, University College 31/1/69–15/2/69)
1968: First portfolio in Creative Camera
1969: June, Creative Camera publishes 2 photographs from the monograph by the Welsh Arts Council, text by J. S. Lewinski
1969: ‘The Light & the Vision’ – article in BJP, Aug. 29th, by the late Bob McClelland.
1969: Cover and article in ‘The Anglo-Welsh Review’. Winter 1969.
1970: Discovered work of Minor White, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, visited U.S. and met them.
1970: One-man show, Art Institute of Chicago
1970: One-man show, Int. Museum of Photography, George Eastman House
1971:Work published in Colour Photography (Penguin Books) by Eric de Maré & The Penrose Annual
1971: One-man show, Carl Siembab Gallery, Boston
1972: Creative Camera portfolio
1972: Published in ‘Art Without Boundaries’ by Gerald Woods, pub Thames & Hudson
1973: One-man show, Photographer’s Gallery, London
1973: Creative Camera portfolio
1974: Lecturer in photography, Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham
1975: Included in ‘The Magic Image’, by Cecil Beaton & Gail Buckland.
1975: ‘The Land’ 20th century landscape photographs selected by Bill Brandt
1976: Major portfolio in Creative Camera Yearbook
1977: Portfolio, Camera Magazine
1978: Stopped teaching to pursue independent personal work in Cumbria
1979: Three Perspectives on Photography, Hayward Gallery, London & book.
1979: Taught first workshop (with Aaron Siskind) at The Photographers’ Place, Derbyshire
1981: Major Retrospective, Hayward Gallery, London
1981: ‘Murmurs at Every Turn’ published by Travelling Light.
1981: ‘Ray Moore Talking’, Creative Camera, March/April, interview with Ian Jeffrey
1981: Creative Camera, July, Exhibition review by Roger Mayne.
1982: Exhibition and accompanying book: Presences of Nature: Words and Images of the Lake District, Carlisle Museum & Art Gallery; Group Show.
1983: Son David born.
1983: Subject of BBC television film, ‘Every So Often’; accompanying book, same title.
1984: Raymond Moore in an interview with David Brittain, ‘Moore Land’, Amateur Photographer, 15 September
1984: Group Exhibition, The Diploma Gallery of the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh, September/October
1985: ‘Uncertain Terrain: Readings of British landscape by Six Contemporary Photographers’, Ian Jeffrey, Creative Camera, no. 243, March
1987: ‘Raymond Moore’, article by William Bishop, British Journal of Photography, 19th June
1987: Died, October 6th, of heart failure.
1987: Referenced in ‘The Unpainted Landscape’, Graeme Murray, pub. Coracle Press
1988: Memorial tribute by Mark Haworth-Booth, Creative Camera, January
1989: ‘Through the Looking Glass: Photographic Art in Britain 1945-1989’ Barbican Art Gallery, London
1989: ‘British Photography: Towards a Bigger Picture’ Mark Haworth-Booth, Aperture
1990: Exhibition at Fotofest, Houston
1993: ‘A Weave of Momentary Occurence’, Robert Claxton, The Photographic Journal, September
1995: ‘In the Wilderness’, Janet Hall, Raymond Moore’s Career as a Photographic Artist (unpublished Post-Graduate dissertation, The London Institute)
1997: ‘Articulating the Commonplace’, Ian Jeffrey, History of Photography
1998: ‘Remembering Raymond Moore’, Russ Anderson, Creative Camera, January
2000: Included in ‘Blackbird Dust’, Jonathan Williams, pub. Turtle Head Press
2001: ‘Raymond Moore: A Positioning’, Simon Stahli, (unpublished Under-Graduate dissertation, University of Art and Design Zurich)
2001: ‘Three Perspectives on Raymond Moore’ Neil Shirreff (unpublished BA (HONS) Dissertation, Napier University Department of Photography, Film and Image Arts)
2001: Jonathan Williams – author of an eloquent memorial to RM at The Jargon Society.
2001: ‘Unseen Landscapes: artists and wilderness’; The Lowry, Salford, UK
2008: No Such Thing As Society: Photography in Britain 1968-1987; Arts Council/British Council Touring Show including work by Moore.
2010: One photo (“Blaenau Ffestiniog 1968”) was in the “Discovering the Language of Photography” exhibition held in Austin, Texas, part of the Gernsheim Collection.
2010: Images included in “Let Us Face the Future” at the Fundacion Joan Miro.
2016: A reflection on Moore’s prints on the Land Photography website.