The Lisa and John Slideshow

David Moore / Essay by Val Williams
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Praise for the Lisa and John Slideshow

‘Poised between one form of documentary and another, a pivotal place where social realism meets an altogether more provocative approach.’

– Sean O’Hagan, The Guardian

‘A photographic documentary archive from it’s very insides, where content is redrawn with the subjects’ own words.’

– Karen McQuaid, Senior Curator, The Photographers’ Gallery

‘The 80s were a great decade for British colour documentary photography. The Lisa and John Slideshow is unique as it brings to life photographs of the family first seen in Pictures from the Real World and as such is a valuable contribution to understanding this decade.’

– Martin Parr, Photographer

‘Moore’s photographs come to life and we become part of the drama.’

– Val Williams, Writer and Curator

We’re thrilled to announce The Lisa and John Slideshow by David Moore. The limited edition book includes more than 40 previously unpublished colour photographs from the Pictures From the Real World archive and a new essay, Acting Out: David, Lisa and John by Val Williams.

In 2012, photographer David Moore returned to the site of his celebrated 1980s colour documentary series Pictures from the Real World. Moore offered the full archive of the project to Lisa and John, two subjects of the original series and asked them to make their own selections. The outcome released many previously unseen photographs and became the acclaimed script and play The Lisa and John Slideshow – a contemporary piece of documentary theatre addressing family memory, loss and the everyday.

David Moore is a widely published London-based photographic artist using and interrogating documentary modes. Moore belonged to a group that has come to be known as “the second wave of new colour documentary in Britain”, having attended West Surrey College of Art and Design, where he was taught alongside photographers such as Anna Fox and Paul Seawright.

Val Williams is a writer and curator based in London. She has curated numerous major exhibitions in the UK, including; Seaside: Photographed (co-curated with Karen Shepherdson) Turner Contemporary, 2019, How We Are: Photographing Britain (with Susan Bright), Tate Britain, 2007 and Who’s Looking at the Family? The Barbican, 1994. She is Professor of the History and Culture of Photography at the University of the Arts London.

“What Lisa and John does is to open up the archive – it allows, both Lisa and John to voice their own thoughts on the photographs and reclaim part of the archive for themselves.” – David Moore

• ISBN: 978-1-9160608-1-4
• Designed by Dean Pavitt
• Distributed by Cornerhouse Publications
• Production: Munken Lynx, full-colour offset litho, section sewn binding
• Category: Photography / Theatre
• Subjects: Theatre and the Documentary Archive, British photography, family memory

Purchased by Stills Centre for Photography and University of the Arts London


  • Paperback
  • 210 x 148 mm
  • 64 pp
  • 42 colour
  • October 2019
  • Edition of 400
  • First Edition