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Semi self portrait, Hunter Valley

1992 (printed 2000)
David Moore

from the series ‘From Face to Face’
gelatin silver photograph on paper (30.2 cm x 41.5 cm)

David Moore, photojournalist, worked as a photographer in Sydney for four years before commencing an international career in 1952. That year the London bureau chief of Life magazine leafed through his portfolio of shots of Redfern and Surry Hills slums and suggested that Life and its sister publication Time could use him as an informal portrait photographer. For many years thereafter Moore worked freelance in the United States, the UK, Europe, Africa and Australia, for publications including Time, Life, the New York Times, the Observer, Fortune, National Geographic and Look.

Moore returned to Sydney in 1958. Over the ensuing 44 years 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. Moore's photographs always explored form, composition and structure; he was a consummate photographer of buildings, bridges and ships. While he was not known primarily as a portrait photographer, the National Portrait Gallery held a major retrospective of his work in 2000, tracing his vital contribution to the body of Australian and international portrait photography over the second half of the twentieth century.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
The series 'David Moore: From Face to Face' was acquired as a gift of the artist and with financial assistance from Timothy Fairfax AC and L Gordon Darling AC CMG 2001
© Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore
http://davidmoorephotography.com.au/

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Artist and subject

David Moore (age 65 in 1992)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Supported by

Tim Fairfax AC (53 portraits supported)

The Gordon Darling Foundation (36 portraits supported)

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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
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio
Clifton Pugh painting in the studio

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
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney
Harry Seidler, Killara, Sydney

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.

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