(Old Greenwich, Connecticut, 1957 - )
Lives New York
Andrew Moore is best known for his large-format, richly colored photographs of urban scenes in Russia, Cuba and Detroit. Moore studied photography at Princeton with Emmet Gowin, earning a degree in 1979. Shortly after graduating, he received a grant from the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce and spent a year photographing the city’s old commercial district. This opportunity set the tone for future projects, which focused on capturing the rich layers of history of cities in flux. Between 1998 and 2012, Moore made several trips to Cuba, photographing evidence of reuse and reinvention by residents of crumbling spaces. In Russia, he photographed repurposed buildings in areas along the country’s border, such as synagogues now used as radio stations or former mansions currently serving as theaters.
His photographs of abandoned buildings in Detroit, made in 2008 and 2009, captured scenes of nature reclaiming urban areas. This work resulted in the exhibition, book and tour “Detroit Disassembled” organized and published by the Akron Art Museum. In 2011, Moore turned his attention to rural subject matter, photographing people and landscapes just west of the 100th meridian in Nebraska, one of the most sparsely populated regions of the United States. Moore teaches photography at the School of the Visual Arts in New York. Both the National Endowment for the Humanities and the New York State Council on the Arts have awarded him grants. Moore’s work is a part of many collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.