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Ed Murrow, New York, 1956 (printed 2000)

David Moore

gelatin silver photograph on paper

Ed Murrow (1908-1965), American broadcaster, presented a 1954 television report that led to the political demise of anti-communist Senator Joseph McCarthy. Murrow began his career in 1935 as director of educational programs for CBS. In 1937 he became head of its European Bureau, covering the occupation of Austria and filing a famous series of reports from Blitz-torn London. After the war he returned to the US, where he presented the popular radio news program Hear it Now. In 1951 the show was adapted for TV as See It Now, in which he probed such matters as the Korean War and the exploitation of migrant workers. Despite receiving 5 Emmys in the 1950s, Murrow was consistently opposed by industry insiders who thought television was only for entertainment. Murrow's career is portrayed in the film Good Night, and Good Luck (2005).

David Moore (b. 1927) commenced his professional photographic career in Sydney with the Russell Roberts studio in 1947. Later he worked with Max Dupain before travelling to London in 1951 to embark on a career in photojournalism. During the subsequent seven years he carried out assignments in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Africa and the USA, and his work appeared in The Observer, Life, Look and the New York Times. In 1958 he returned to Sydney. Over the ensuing three decades he combined international with local Australian assignments, while continuing to build a body of private work. His photographs are in many institutional collections including those of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series David Moore: From Face to Face was acquired by gift of the artist and financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001

Accession number: 2001.112

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 29 in 1956)

Edward Murrow

Subject professions

Performing arts

Donated by

David Moore (79 portraits)

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio, 1974 Fred Williams

Painting mates

Magazine article by Michael Desmond, 2011

Michael Desmond discusses Fred Williams' portraits of friends, artist Clifton Pugh, David Aspden and writer Stephen Murray-Smith, and the stylistic connections between his portraits and landscapes.

Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) David Moore
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) David Moore
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) David Moore
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney, 1984 (printed 2000) David Moore

A Captured Moment

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2001

The acquisition of David Moore's archive of portrait photographs for the National Portrait Gallery's collection.

Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner
Portrait of Professor Graeme Clark, 2000 Peter Wegner

Portraits for Posterity

Previous exhibition, 2006

Drawn from some of the many donations made to the Gallery's collection, the exhibition Portraits for Posterity pays homage both to the remarkable (and varied) group of Australians who are portrayed in the portraits and the generosity of the many donors who have presented them to the Gallery.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.