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[The Guardian] Lowry in the shadows of his Salford home: Derry Moore's best photograph
by The Guardian « on: September 26, 2020, 07:04:18 AM »




Lowry in the shadows of his Salford home: Derry Moore's best photograph

‘He wasn’t keen on keeping still. He moaned: “You’re killing me, you know.” My companion said: “Well, come on, Mr Lowry, you always say you want to die”’

The ease with which my photographing Lowry was arranged was nothing short of remarkable. I’d always admired his work and what I had read about him intrigued me. That’s why in 1975, when I heard the Royal Academy was planning a show of his paintings, on a whim I asked a young woman involved in the exhibition whether it might be possible to photograph him. She told me it shouldn’t be a problem, and a week later she and I were off to Salford on the train.

I don’t remember much about Lowry’s home. From the outside, the house itself was unremarkable; once inside, though, it felt a little stranger. The entrance was dark, with a collection of grandfather clocks consuming his hallway. I wasn’t invited further in.

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