First visiting Belfast in 1986, Andrew Moore would return repeatedly until 1998, the year of the Good Friday Agreement. In his early 20s Moore had begun to document the social unrest in England triggered by the Thatcher government. As a fairly inexperienced photographer, Moore would go on to continue this theme, documenting and recording a period characterised by a long slow grind of hidden sectarian killing, political tension and endless funerals.
The unravelling of Northern Ireland into unrest and violence lasted almost 30 years and cost the lives of more than 3,500 people. The following body of work has never been published in the UK. Financed from a mix of editorial assignments for international news magazines – Time, Newsweek, Der Spiegel, Stern – and a small amount of funding from the Arts Council. In 2000, Moore received the Mother Jones International Award for Documentary Photography for work made during the final two years of the conflict, one of two major photographic grants at the time, along with the Eugene Smith Award.
This article was published in Issue 1, Volume 1 – Contested Territories. You can read more articles from this issue Here.
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