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David is the Principal Lecturer for Documentary Photography and Photojournalism and a widely published and exhibited practitioner who uses expanded documentary modes to observe state and social apparatus using photography, performance and moving image.

His practice considers agency of the subject within historical and contemporary contexts, and the effect of corporate or political hegemony as expressed or visible in a variety of contexts. He seeks bespoke, useful and accessible responses to modern social conditions within critically-informed practice.


Described as a ‘Northern Eggleston’ by the writer, Sean o Hagan, his current practice returns to the virtual site of `Pictures from the Real World’ and addresses agency and a critique of documentary photography as a genre using collaboration, installation and documentary theatre. 

‘Lisa and John’ [2017] re-activates an archive of David Moore’s own documentary photography work from 1988; Pictures from the Real World, Colour Photographs 1987-88, and performs a critical reassessment of the original series purpose and location.

David worked collaboratively with Lisa and John, two subjects of the series, asking them to select their own photographs from the full archive via a mutually agreed methodology. This intervention challenged the authority of the original series via active participation in the production of a new body of work where the former subjects steps into the production space.

From this activity developed differing outcomes that present questions around the performance of Documentary practice, offering alternative methods and new approaches

Through this  ‘intervention’, and collaboration ‘Lisa and John’ explores new possibilities of documentary observation, whilst drawing on histories of installation art, participatory practice, theatre and photography to create new work. 

 Perhaps the most significant departure from photography itself is the stage play. ‘The Lisa and John Slideshow’, written and directed by David Moore, using devised and verbatim methodologies and performed in London, Belfast and Derby

Additionally. David commissioned the production of scale models, depicting himself as ‘ the photographer at the scene’, making key photographs from the series. ‘Pictures from the Real World,’

Playing on an observer/spectator/subject axis, the various outcomes create a dialogue posing questions around the production of knowledge through photography. in the series and stage play which was performed for the first time at Derby Theatre in March 2017. 

Previously his 2008 book publication and touring exhibition, The Last Things (Dewi Lewis Publishing) developed various aspects of practice yet, his most recent publication, ’Pictures from the Real World. Colour Photographs 1987-88’ offered a view of his early work, and was published to critical acclaim in 2013 with reviews in Time Magazine, The Guardian, The Independent, and many others

His work is held in public and private collections and he has been the recipient of several major funding awards from Arts Council England and The British Council.

David is a member of CREAM at the University of Westminster












For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.