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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.

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Wes Stacey, Kurnell, Sydney, 1973 (printed 2000)

David Moore

gelatin silver photograph (image: 28.0 cm x 43.0 cm, frame: 51.0 cm x 66.3 cm)

Wesley Stacey (b. 1941), photographer, was an apprentice silk screener and studied drawing and design at East Sydney Technical College in the early 1960s before working as a graphic designer and photographer in Sydney and London. In 1968-9 he was a staff photographer for POL and Chance magazines. Establishing the Australian Centre for Photography with David Moore in 1973-4, he freelanced as a commercial photographer until 1975, his images published in books including Rude Timber Buildings in Australia (1969), Kings Cross Sydney (1971), Historic Towns of Australia (1973) and The Artist Craftsman in Australia (1977). In 1975 he set out around Australia in a camper van, recording his environment with a Kodak Instamatic. He spent two years working with Gubbo Ted Thomas and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies photographing heritage sites, and his interest in Australian landscapes continued through the 1980s, when he produced panoramic photographs exploring symbols and sacred aspects of the bush. He has lived for decades on the south coast of New South Wales. Stacey has held solo exhibitions since 1964 and many hundreds of his photographs are in the collections of major Australian galleries. The Monash Gallery of Art presented a survey of four decades of his photographs, The Wild Thing, in 2017.

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: 2001.124

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 46 in 1973)

Wesley Stacey (age 32 in 1973)

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Visual arts and crafts

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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.