David Moore was allowed unprecedented access to a Crisis
Management facility below ground in central London, between
September 2006 and April 2007. 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 eight-month period Moore was able to
observe a live working space, continuously on standby, and fully
prepared for the most extreme national emergency.
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 filmmaker
and novelist Chris Petit and an afterword by the curator, Angela
David Moore has exhibited and published his work widely. "The Last
Things" is his third book.
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