Moor Review - Photobookstore by Robert Darch

It was a lovely surprise to discover that Sebastian Bustamante-Brauning had written a review of The Moor for Photobookstore.

“Robert Darch’s The Moor photobook continues the successful publishing streak by Another Place Press, an independent publisher specialising in landscape photography. This volume follows on from Dan Wood’s excellent Gap in the Hedge, images of the Rhondda Valley in South Wales.  The Moor takes us on an invented journey around Dartmoor, Devon.  Darch’s inspiration, Cormac McCarthy’s dystopian literature, comes across in the place and space created in this photobook. McCarthy’s literature has done much to shape our collective imagination of the American landscape whether it is though his seminal Border Trilogy on the Mexico/US border or through The Road (2006), which is the inspiration for Darch‘s photobook. 

The Moor does not contain any text and its narrative is signposted by the images contained within. The establishing photograph of a lone figure lost in the wilderness introduces readers to the mise-en-scène of the book. It is uncertain which direction our protagonist is going to take, a fog engulfs the land up ahead.  What follows is a series of empty landscapes and photographs of survivors following an extinction event. One of this book’s graces is that despite its Hollywood inspiration, the scenery still maintains its identity as located in the British landscape. Some of Darch’s most successful images depict the spectral traces on earth as best exemplified by the image of a petroglyph covered in moss and surrounded by snow, a trace and evidence of humans’ interactions with the pre-historical landscape. In another image, an untouched bar of soap withstands the elements in the ruins of a building, its branding just about legible.

The popularity of dystopian narratives shows no sign of abating and it is interesting to see how Darch has taken influence from this popular genre. The approach lends itself well to being read through a photobook where the sequencing and layouts do a good job of creating space and atmosphere. Unlike Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, which surprisingly complies with the Hollywood classic narrative to re-establish order out of disorder, my reading of Darch’s The Moor is somewhat more open ended. It lets the reader decide for themselves whether hope prevails and ultimately humanity is saved from its eventual extinction or whether survival in The Moor is futile.”

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Unveil'd Photobook Award Winner by Robert Darch

The winner and shortlist for the Unveil'd Photobook award has just been announced! It's never easy having to judge such varying work against one another, and as a photographer it's not a responsibility I take lightly! It was however a real pleasure to see so many exciting and diverse books, and we are all really excited to announce the Winner and shortlisted books! A big thanks to the judging panel (Tom Coleman, Hannah Watson, Jessica Lennan, Max Ferguson, Lola Paprocka) for their time and particularly Hannah at Trolley for hosting Unveil'd for the day. Congratulations to the winner Fabrixio Albertini for his book Radici! You can see all the Shortlisted photographers on the Unveil’d website.

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The Moor - On Press by Robert Darch

It was really interesting to see The Moor on press at Wells printers and to watch the litho printing process and the technology now used to manage this traditional printing method. Really looking forward to seeing the finished bound book!



Distinctly Exhibition by Robert Darch

My work is currently being exhibited in ‘Distinctly’ at the Pingyao International Photography Festival, curated by Tracy Marshall in collaboration with Open Eye Gallery & Look Photo Biennial .

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British Journal of Photography - Portrait of Britain - Winner by Robert Darch

I was very honoured that my image of Dani has been chosen as one of the winning images for BJP's Portrait of Britain 2018. There were 13,000 entries from which the 100 winning images were selected. 

From the 1st of September it will be exhibited on jcdecauxglobal screens nationwide for one month. The image will also be published by hoxton mini press in the forthcoming Portrait of Britain book.

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Distinctly Britain - Pingyao International Photography Festival - China by Robert Darch

I am excited to announce that I will be exhibiting several images in the group show ‘Distinctly Britain’ curated by Tracy Marshall (as part of the Look Photo biennial exchange) at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. I am honoured to be exhibiting alongside some of the countries best known and most admired photographers; Martin Parr, Tish Murtha, Chris Killip, Kirsty Mackay, Daniel Meadows, Niall McDiarmid, Marketa Luscova, John Myers, and particularly my former professors at Newport, Ken Grant and Paul Seawright. 

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