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Henry Moore and Photography

October sees the start of the Henry Moore and Photography exhibition at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

The Archive team worked closely with our curator, Sebastiano Barrassi, to provide a selection of 20 framed photographs from our extensive collection for the exhibition.

The show focuses on the significant role photography played in Henry Moore's career, not only how Moore encouraged photographers who came to Perry Green to capture the sculptor at work, but highlighting how Moore photographed his artwork with his own camera equipment.

By careful placement of small maquettes, Moore would appear to alter the scale of a work, to see how it might sit in the landscape at monumental size. This technique was often a precursor to producing a larger version of a sculpture, which would then be scaled up to monumental size. It was also a successful tool when planning large outdoor exhibitions.

From his very first experiments with exposure length and lighting, as handwritten sketchbook notes from the 1930s show, Moore was keen to learn as much as he could to become a skilled photographer, recording the successes and failures and even writing comments like Don't forget hand over camera.

The selection of images in the exhibition certainly show that Moore had a great eye for creating striking photographs.

Henry Moore and Photography opens at Wolfson College on 9 October 2015 and runs until 28 February 2016.