Year in the life of Moretonhampstead

Laura White
Laura White

Photographs by John Curno

John Curno has been a photographer for most of his
professional life, specialising in long term projects such as
‘A year in the life of Moretonhampstead’ which was undertaken in conjunction with Green Hill Arts Centre and Moretonhampstead Parish Council.

Here John has focused on the shopkeepers and traders in
the Dartmoor town. Jane Willis, Chairman of the Parish Council says in the introduction: “Hardly a week goes by without
some community activity taking place. John Curno, a local
photographer, catalogues a year in the life of our town from the visitor’s point of view.” John’s list of exhibitions is long and goes back to 1982, the first being at York University; his list of publications in notable photographic magazines is equally long.

John says; “I was offered the chance to produce a book on Moretonhampstead in 2017 by Georgiana Lingard of Green Hill Arts for their beautiful gallery near the Church. I happily
accepted as I had previously made books on other Dartmoor towns and villages i.e. Chagford, Drewsteignton and Tavistock.

I spent a year frequently visiting Moretonhampstead to produce all the photos. I enjoyed photographing the town and its people over that time and tried to show the many aspects and some of the events throughout 2017/18 beginning and ending with the carnival.

The town has an interesting history and buildings and is very much worth investigating for its beautiful setting and surroundings. It is a town which still has all the useful shops – butchers, newsagents, greengrocers etc. as well as good cafes and pubs. There is also a surprising number of talented crafts people.

I have really enjoyed making this book which has over 180
colour photographs and is available from Green Hill Arts and from the Information Centre in Moretonhampstead priced £15.”

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