Pictures from the Real World
David Moore’s Pictures from the Real World was the fore runner of much activity that followed in British photographic history, it’s first showing was in 1988 in a special edition of Creative Camera selected by Martin Parr. The series itself is a collection of colour documentary photographs of different families on a council estate in Moore’s home city of Derby, UK, made between 1987 and 1988.
Revisiting the work has allowed the photographer to identify and develop other ways of seeing, evident in the original contact sheets, but not brought to any outcome at the time. The revisionist activity described is supported by an acknowledgment of learning and development as a practitioner in the intervening years.
Underpinning this are the connecting themes; The Document itself as a representational tool and the relational dynamics between photographer and subject including issues of proximity and access. One might argue that the subsistence level living encountered, connects the content of the work to current times.
Dewi Lewis and ‘Here’ publications published a limited edition book for these 18 photographs with an essay from David Chandler ‘Pictures from the Real World’, retains a visceral energy 25 years after the event and documents a particular time in British social and photographic history.