Self-taught photographer Andrew Moore grew up on Tyneside in the North East of England. In the early 1980s he moved to London to go to university and it was here where he first picked up a camera.
The first real photographs Andrew took were in 1983 to support a housing rights organisation, campaigning for better living conditions for the Whitechapel Bangladeshi community who were living in awful conditions. This is one of the first photographs that I made, It was 1983 and I was still finding my feet in London after moving from Tyneside.
From that point onwards Andrew began to document the unrest triggered by the social and economic changes that came with Thatcherism. He documented the aftermath of the first night of the Handsworth Riots of 1985.
“I’d just arrived on the train from London, didn’t know my way around Birmingham and was spooked by the obvious nervousness of the police as night began to fall.’
Later that night, people desperately try to get refuge from a police snatch squad in a billiard hall. This was my first experience of trying to make pictures in a place where nobody wanted photographers around.
At the time Andrew said there wasn’t a mainstream appetite within the UK for the kind of images he was making, he got a much warmer response internationally and began to work with news magazines in Europe and the US. “If I’m known for anything, it’s my work in Northern Ireland, although, again, the recognition for that came outside of the UK”.
“For a long time, I’ve lived and worked abroad, but with extended periods back on Tyneside during the last decade to care for my elderly parents”.
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