The Last Things
THE LAST THINGS
text: Chris Petit & Angela Weight
David Moore, to quote the writer Iain Sinclair, is a ‘photographer of secret spaces’.
Between September 2006 and April 2007 photographer Moore was allowed unprecedented access to a Crisis Management facility below ground in central London. This space will be used as the first port of call in any situation where the State is under threat. The environment is sustainable for extended periods and is part of a larger network. Over an 8 month period Moore was able to observe a live working space, continuously on standby, and fully prepared for the most extreme national emergency.
The Last Things develops ideas about the institutions of government and the manifestations of power first seen in his book The Commons (Velvet Press 2004), but adopts a different visual approach. The facility’s hermetic, tightly regulated environment, artificially lit and air conditioned, is prescient with the threat of crisis. At once sophisticated and touchingly ordinary, part military and part civilian, Moore has documented its labyrinthine depths with chilling clarity.
Small areas of certain images have been digitally altered at the request of the MoD to protect what they consider to be sensitive information. All of this begins to hint at the relationship with the MoD and imposes a conceptual requirement on what has become a censored document.
Moore’s photographs are accompanied by an essay from the film-maker and novelist Chris Petit.
96 pages, 64 colour photos
300mm x 200mm
Published with support from University of Hertfordshire, Arts Council England, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Belfast Exposed, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Central Saint Martins - University of the Arts London