Raymond Moore

"If we did but know it, the weather we so revile in these islands is about as perfect for photographic purposes as it could be made... To this vile weather we owe our most charming effects. If there was no bad weather, there would be no clouds and no gales, no rain and no snow. If there is one time more than another when the country smiles the most, it is during rain." -- Raymond Moore.

"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."-- Raymond Moore.

"I'm just a go-between, things discover me, I don't discover them. But in them I can find myself and grow"-- Raymond Moore.

Born in Wallasey, then part of Cheshire, Raymond Moore served in the RAF during the Second World War before training as a painter at the Royal College of Art, London. After graduating, he was asked to set up a photography department at Watford College. Moore became interested in photography at a time when photography was still viewed in Britain as an undistinguished craft rather than a serious art form. Influenced by some of the images in Hugo van Wadenoyen's seminal 1947 Wayside Snapshots - a book which marked the start of the decisive British break with Pictorialism - Moore began to see fresh possibilities in the composition & framing of everyday English landscapes. 

Moore went on to create black-and-white fine art photographs; having his first solo exhibition in 1959. He continued to teach for most of his life, and is widely regarded as having been one of the great photography teachers. Visiting the U.S. in 1968, he worked with photographer Minor White at MIT and was influenced by Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. He had his first major solo show in 1970 at the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1974 he became a Lecturer at the influential Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, but left in 1978 to pursue his own creative work in Cumbria. 

From around 1976 the climate in England slowly began to change in favour of art photography, thus Moore finally saw acclaim in his own country with a major retrospective at the Hayward Gallery, London, and the publication of a monograph of his work. He was also the subject of a BBC television documentary.