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Coming To Light

All Images © Francesca Moore

Many thanks to everyone that came for a portrait at Format Photography Festival – I hope you enjoyed the experience as much as I did. All of these lovely people were photographed for Matter Collectives’ pop-up studio event to look like an 18th Century Joseph Wright portrait. Really pleased with the results, and a warm thanks to all the sitters, Matter Collective, Derby Museums and Format Photography Festival.

More info on the post below, and at


Pop-up studio at Format Photography Festival, Derby, 14 March 2014

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I’m really pleased to be involved in Matter Collective’s inaugural event at Format Festival this weekend. There will be three exciting days of studio portraiture, spanning the opening weekend of the festival, from Tom Hunter (13 March), myself (14 March) and Dafna Talmore. There’ll be live feeds of the images released throughout the day, so keep an eye on the social media links below to see some of the results.

For more information about what I’ll be doing, please see below:

Coming to Light

Portraits by Francesca Moore

Coming to Light is a Format Festival 2015 event, presented in association with Matter Collective. Photographer Francesca Moore pays tribute to the city’s eminent artist Joseph Wright of Derby (1734–1797). Wright was one of the most significant and innovative painters of the late eighteenth century, beginning his career as a portrait painter before becoming best known for his striking paintings of scientific experiments and industrial scenes representing the emerging industrial revolution in the Midlands.

In his paintings, Wright vividly explored the contrast between light and shade, using artificial light sources to dramatic effect. Wright’s formal painted portraits of prominent members of society were intended to affirm their status and document their interests. Working in a pop-up studio, Francesca will offer visitors the opportunity to sit for a photographic portrait that re-creates Wright’s moody candle-lit aesthetics. For her sitters’ these formal, posed photographic portraits, will prompt reflection on the nature of evidence in portraiture – between truth and artifice in Wright’s painted representations of his eminent sitters and in Francesca’s photographic documentation of visitors to Format Festival 2015.

Festival Details:

13 March – 12 April 2015
QUAD, Market Place, Cathedral Quarter,
Derby, DE1 3AS

Event Details:
Pearson Building, King Street, Derby, DE1 3EE
Friday 13, 10.30 – 17.00: Tom Hunter
Saturday 14, 10.30 – 17.00: Francesca Moore
Sunday 15, 11.00 – 16.00: Dafna Talmor

Matter Collective:
Twitter: @matter_uk
Instagram: Mattercollectiveuk

Follow updates of Bhopal: Facing 30

This blog will be taking a rest for a little while as I direct my energies towards Bhopal: Facing 30, an Arts Council England funded project that looks at the people and the place of the Bhopal disaster, thirty years on. There’s a dedicated project blog,, where you can follow news and updates. I hope you’ll enjoy the progress, and I look forward to seeing you back here soon!

Bhopal: Facing 30 Image selected for Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2014


I’m very excited to announce that one of my Bhopal: Facing 30 portraits has been selected for the Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition 2014. The exhibition, showcasing the very best in environmental photography and film, will be held at the Royal Geographical Society in London, 23 June – 4 July 2014, before going on a national tour until November.

There is a dedicated project blog for my Arts Council funded project Bhopal: Facing 30, where all updates including further information about the Environmental Photographer of The Year competition are posted at


Photocrowd’s Expert Music Judge PLUS Tips for Great Gig Photography

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Image © Francesca Moore

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I was recently the Expert Judge for Photocrowd’s Music Photography competition. Photocrowd is an exciting new photography contest site that showcases the best in photography by allowing everyone that takes part – the crowd – to cast live votes on each others work so you can see in real-time how your images are doing against the competition. The site was designed by photographers, and each competition is set by a working photographer and, as well as the crowd vote, winners are selected and reviewed by an expert judge.

The music competition was open during March 2014. 501 Music images were submitted, and a staggering 60,141 votes were cast. You can view my winners and commended images and read my expert reviews here. Great prizes were dished out by music competition sponsors theprintspace.

11 tips for great gig photography

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Image © Francesca Moore

I also wrote “11 tips for great gig photography”. You can read the whole article on Photocrowd’s blog.


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Image © Francesca Moore

I’ve launched! No, I’m not dabbling in the music business, it’s a site showcasing the best of my Live Music & Stage Photography from recent years. I’ve dedicated many years to this, so it’s about time these images get a platform all of their own. Take a look, and please let me know any thoughts or comments. Enjoy!

Limited Edition Prints

All Images © Francesca Moore

Back from India shooting Bhopal: Facing 30 and pleased to see the show’s still hanging on the walls of Mange Tout (Brighton) until further notice. All images in the show are available as signed limited edition fine art prints, to the specifications below;

Edition of 100
8×12” C-Type print on Fuji Crystal Archive Paper
Bespoke hand made frames with conservation grade mount and conservation clear glass

£150 framed or £75 unframed

For further information you can email me here