Leigh Hatts

David Moore’s The Commons at the Percy Miller Gallery

David Moore has enjoyed unfettered access to the House of Commons to take the most intimate pictures ever.

He has photographed the camera in the House of Commons which shows us the debates live on television. But on television the camera is discreet and rarely shows MPs' reactions let alone the furniture and props.

David Moore has gone further showing even a fly resting on the Acts and Measures bound volumes on the table. This image is in the exhibition along with the government and opposition microphones displayed side by side.

Although the exhibition has a short run there is also a chance to enjoy the colour pictures in a book which is more than a catalogue and stands alone. In here for example is the strip of carpet between the front benches.

He goes in closer and shows the ledge, above and underneath, bearing the Government dispatch box with a surprising result.

When have the prayer cards laid out next to bar of the House ever photographed before?

David Moore spent three years on and off pacing the Commons chamber in the early morning before the cleaners arrived and now reveals the place where our greatest unpredictable drama is played out.

This is a brave, rare and fascinating exhibition and it is showing not in SW1 but SE1.

• The Commons is at the Percy Miller Gallery Wed-Fri 11am-6pm until Friday 5 March; admission free.

• The book The Commons (Velvet Press 10) is available from the gallery (020 7207 4578).

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