Models arranged like a mechanical girl group, a femme fatale thrusting a ruby-encrusted ring out of the photograph, a figure silhouetted against a wall pinned with photographs: combing over a selection of James Moore's photography today, you might be a little surprised to learn that he was one of the most successful fashion photographers of the 1960s and 70s. Look past the classical beauty, and you see an artist immersed in the avant-garde.
James Moore: A Retrospective is the monograph devoted to his work. A student of Alexey Brodovitch, Moore spent much of his career working for Harper's Bazaar, for whom he shot numerous cover stories. From the late 1970s, he created television commercials for brands like Clairol, a natural evolution for a photographer whose work often contains a sense of drama or motion. See, for instance 'The Headstart Dress', in which Barbara Berger and Moyra Swann are framed against a car like figures from a film still.
As well as Moore's photography, A Monograph contains writings from his contemporaries. New texts have been provided by Martin Harrison, the British painting and photography curator, and American fashion writer Holly Brubach. With any luck, it should bring Moore back into the discussion.