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If you’re in Amsterdam be sure you’ll visit Galerie Alex Daniels/Reflex between april 10 and june 15 were Andrew Moore will show 15 of his large scale photographs of abandoned places and collapsing infrastructure.

“Colour is the first thing that imbeds itself in the viewer. It sets the emotional key to the picture. It creates a unifying overall mood – and I establish that right through the beginning.” — Andrew Moore

“We hope for better things; it will arise from the ashes,” was the motto adopted by the city of Detroit, after it was ravaged by the great fire of 1805. American photographer Andrew Moore distils the spirit of this message in his haunting large-scale images of decay and renewal. From Cuba to Russia to Detroit, Moore seeks out disused, wrecked buildings and captures the moment that nature stakes her claim on their ravaged grandeur.

Over the past 30 years, Moore has travelled for months at a time to track down these secret places that are often the sad consequences modernisation or political turmoil. His guerrilla approach has at times required the help of young, urban explorers, as well as cagey real-estate agents and business people.
Moore’s embraces complexity in his work. “The images have multiple narrative threads, whether they be cultural, historical, or pictorial. I leave it up to the viewer to pick up on a few of these clues. There is always something to follow and latch on to.”
Part of this complexity is due to the rich combination of artistic influences that inform his photographic style: he cites a broad range of inspiration from Walker Evans to the masters of American 19th-century painting.

Galerie Alex Daniels – Reflex Amsterdam
Andrew Moore, Photography
April 10 – 15 June 7 2010
Opening Saturday, April 10 from 17 – 19 h
A book and a special limited edition of 2 original colour prints will be presented at the show.