Peter Moore was a prominent member of New York's art community during the early 1960s. Best known for his photographic archive of the Fluxus movement and Judson's Dance Theater, Moore used his photography to capture the essence of the experimental performances that characterized this era of the arts. His photographs highlighted the defiant nature of experimental arts, honing in on their unconventionality and deviation from what was expected.
Born in London in 1932, Peter Moore's career in photography began upon his relocation to New York, where he lived until his death in 1993. In New York, Moore worked as a photo lab technician for Life Magazine. In the 70s and 80s, he went on to write for Modern Photography Magazine, delving into the inner mechanics of photography.
Moore's work was featured in the 1970 show, 'Happenings and Fluxus,” which debuted at the Kölnischer Kunstverein in Cologne, Germany. Other exhibitions of his works include “Alternative Gestures: Another Look at Dance Photography” at P.S. 1, Long Island, New York in 1978, “In the Spirit of Fluxus” at the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis in 1993, “Art, Lies and Videotape” at Tate Liverpool in 2003, “Simone Forti. Thinking with the Body: A Retrospective in Motion” at the Museum der Moderne in Salzburg in 2014, “The City Lost and Found: Capturing New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles: 1960-1980” at the Art Institute of Chicago (2014-15), and the 14th Lyon Biennale in 2017. Additionally, a large selection of Moore's photographs was placed on view from 2018 to 2019 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as a part of the exhibition “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done.”
The Brooklyn Rail: Peter Moore 1968
Harvard University Art Museums: Barbara and Peter Moore Fluxus Collection
Dani Howard and Peter Moore in conversation // Dani Howard Trombone Concerto