The Lisa and John Slideshow David Moore

Out of print

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

Lisa: My house had cherry wallpaper in the kitchen…

John: I like all them old pictures back in the day shops

Lisa: It was always hectic but in a nice way

John: …the 50’s and 60’s, butchers – with all the meat hanging outside… all lined up for Christmas

Selected by Stills Centre for Photography for their collection.

About the book

The limited edition book includes more than 40 previously unpublished colour photographs from the Pictures From the Real World archive and a new essay, Acting Out: David, Lisa and John by Val Williams.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

Collections: The British Library, Bodleian Library Oxford University, The Cambridge University Library, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales and Trinity College Dublin, Tate South Lambeth Library.


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

As Lisa and John talk through their selections, arguing about who is who, and what happened when, Moore not only addresses¬† the ‘fallibility of family memory’, but challenges the authority of his own selection.

British Journal of Photography

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

Val Williams Writer and Curator

About the author

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.



Trim Size
210 x 148 mm
64 pp
Illustrations Colour
42 colour
Publication Date
7 October 2019
Edition Quantity
Edition Details
First Edition
Dean Pavitt
Production Spec
Munken Lynx, full-colour offset litho, section sewn binding
Trade Categories
Photography / Theatre
Theatre and the Documentary Archive, British Photography, Family Memory