If you look for the photo credit of published photographs of avant garde performance art of the 60's and 70's, Peter Moore is most likely the name you would find. Moore has over 250,000 negatives which document the work of such artists as John Cage, Ken Dewey, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenberg, Nam June Paik, Otto Peine, Robert Rauschenberg, David Tudor, the Once and Fluxus groups, and Yoko Ono. Together, with the performance materials, Moore's photographs of painting and sculpture from the same time period, forms an important research collection.
During the time Moore was documenting the avant garde and performance scene, he was also (and still is) making personal photographs. While an artist-in-residence at Light Work Moore will be sorting through and printing 20 years of work loosely described as the 'signs of our times'. The project will combine his interest in pictures and his editorial and writing biases, liberally spiced by his sense of humor, and hopefully, will result in a book and exhibition.
Moore, a senior editor at 'Modern Photography Magazine', has published his photographs extensively and his work is in the permanent collections of the International Museum of Photography in Rochester and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, among others.
Jeffrey Hoone (c)1984