Two soldiers are shown in a blockhouse, one of the many which had been constructed at strategic points. In front of the embrasure there is a theodolite on a tripod.
This seemingly relaxed and innocent scene at Alexandra Palace is altered by the presence of the watchtowers in the background. Around 3,000 civilians were imprisoned there during the First World War.
A view from an elevated position across the bomb damaged buildings of Poplar in East London. In the foreground is a tall roofless, shattered building that demonstrates the effects of aerial bombing.
The iconic view of St Paul’s Cathedral and Tower Bridge provides a motivation and focus for the roof spotters as they scrutinise the sky. Next to them is a table covered with mapping equipment.
A view of the remains of an Italian village with soldiers and civilians moving around the ruins of the bombed houses and church.
Mike Moore worked regularly in Iraq from 1991 until 2003, providing high impact images for publications such as Today and the Daily Mirror.
Image: Mike Moore © Daily Mirror (detail)
Lee Craker - the first US civilian photographer to be assigned Lead Photographer for the US Armed Forces Public Affairs Office - took a series of portraits and architectural studies while in Baghdad from 2009-2011.
Image: Lee Craker © Lee Craker (detail).
24 October 2013 – 5 January 2014
This new photography exhibition contrasts the works of two pioneering photographers, presenting two striking perspectives of Iraq from 1991–2011.
From powerful images of the First Iraq War in 1991 to considered portraits of US soldiers and architectural studies of Iraqi palaces in 2011, IWM Contemporary: Mike Moore and Lee Craker examines the impact of war on the Iraqi people and the American and British troops who served there.
Mike Moore – the first press photographer to officially embed with the British Army and the first photographer to cover the First Iraq War entirely in colour – worked regularly in Iraq from 1991-2003. Lee Craker is the only US civilian photographer to be assigned Lead Photographer for the US Armed Forces Public Affairs Office and the only civilian photographer routinely allowed to work within the Green Zone.
Juxtaposing their different approaches and experiences of conflict in Iraq, IWM Contemporary: Mike Moore and Lee Craker reveals how these two photographers pushed the boundaries of modern photography.
This exhibition is part of IWM Contemporary, a new programme of contemporary art and photography in response to war and conflict.
Thu 24 October 2013
Sun 5 January 2014
Lee Craker discusses his portrait photography featured in IWM Contemporary: Mike Moore and Lee Craker.
Mike Moore talks about his work in Iraq, currently on display in IWM Contemporary: Mike Moore and Lee Craker.