"The Moor is the first book of the emerging photographer Robert Darch. The MP Foundation had the privilege to launch this book. We very much enjoy encouraging and promoting new talent and look forward to many more publications" Martin Parr
The Moor is published by Another Place Press and was launched at the Martin Parr Foundation in December 2018.
“The notion of a dystopian society has long provided inspiration for writers, filmmakers and artists. There was of course, George Orwell’s media and information controlled-world in 1984, Anthony Burgess’ satirical and dark exploration of ultra-violent youth culture in A Clockwork Orange, and Masamune Shirow’s mind hacking cyborg-filled Japan in A Ghost in the Shell. The world conjured up in photographer Robert Darch’s upcoming book, The Moor, however, feels much closer to home – and far more imminent. What makes The Moor so compelling, however, is actually its alignment with reality. It portrays an unease with the modern world, expressing Robert’s concerns in relation to the environment and society." Ruby Boddington, It's Nice That
Design by Iain Sarjeant Cover Illustration by Ben Javens
54 pp / 235 x 190mm
Includes 3 foldout spreads
Fedrigoni & GF Smith papers
350gsm Colorplan cover
170gsm Uncoated text
Offprint at Wells Printing
"Robert is a quiet unassuming photographer whose work has immense depth and intensity, his passion for the moor is clearly visible in each of his pictures in a way few capture" Tracy Marshall
The Moor depicts a fictionalised dystopian future situated on the bleak moorland landscapes of Dartmoor. Drawing on childhood memories of Dartmoor alongside influences from contemporary culture, the narrative references local and universal mythology to give context but suggests something altogether more unknown. The realisation of this dystopian future is specifically in response to a perceived uncertainty of life in the modern world and a growing disengagement with humanitarian ideals. The Moor portrays an eerie world that shifts between large open vistas, dark forests, makeshift dwellings, uncanny visions and isolated figures.
"Robert has produced a welcome addition to the canon of British photobooks. His first publication, The Moor, is a darkly poetic study of the unique landscape of Dartmoor which plays with fiction and reality. A must-have!" Simon Roberts
"The Moor takes place in Dartmoor, or is it only in our dreams? The landscape looks real as we wander in the lone and bare land or venture in the woods, but there is something strange happening here. The land attracts us like in a heavy sleep, an eerie and mysterious one. It is a powerful attraction one has to submit to, leaving all resistance. Is it a frightening vision of the future? Has there been a war and are these the only living people? Robert Darch leaves us with more questions than answers, intrigued and charmed by the beautiful and natural light, by the strange dream, the fragile and delicate figures in the landscape. One may think of the disquieting and oppressive space of Geert Goiris’ The Prophet, the uncertainty of a dystopian future, the end of our known world. But here the threat and mystery arises from the land and the light itself, beautifully rendered by Robert Darch in the nice edition of Another Place Press. Can we escape from the secret power of the Moor? And do we really want to?” Gabriela Cendoya, Bergareche Collection