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Junie Morosi, 1975 (printed 2002)

Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 30.4 cm x 40.3 cm, image: 23.7 cm x 36.5 cm)

Junie Morosi (b. 1933) was born in Shanghai. Educated at the International School in Manila and the University of East Philippines, by the age of 18 she had married, had 3 sons, and divorced. She came to Australia in 1962, working in marketing and public relations with Qantas. Morosi was central to one of several scandals that rocked the Whitlam government in 1974-5. Soon after she began work with Al Grassby in the incipient Commission for Community Relations, Treasurer Jim Cairns poached her as his private secretary. The press implied that she was offered the job because of her looks, and her Eurasian background adding greatly to the public excitement over the 'Morosi affair'. Her book Sex, Prejudice and Politics (1975), with an introduction by Cairns, is a defiant account of her personal experience of ideological sexism and racism in 1970s Australia. Lewis Morley has remarked that of all his famous female portrait subjects, Morosi exuded the most charisma.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Lewis Morley Archive LLC

Accession number: 2002.19

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 50 in 1975)

Junie Morosi (age 42 in 1975)

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Lewis Morley (49 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.

Lewis Morley, 2003 Sage
Lewis Morley, 2003 Sage
Lewis Morley, 2003 Sage
Lewis Morley, 2003 Sage

Myself and Eye

Magazine article by Magda Keaney, 2003

Magda Keaney speaks with Lewis Morley about his photographic career and the major retrospective of his work on display at the NPG.

Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley
Dame Edna Everage, 1982 Lewis Morley

Bare

Degrees of undress

Previous exhibition, 2015

Bare: Degrees of undress celebrates the candid, contrived, natural, sexy, ironic, beautiful, and fascinating in Australian portraiture that shows a bit of skin. 

In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker
In the mirror: self portrait with Joy Hester, 1939 Albert Tucker

Depth of Field

Portrait Photography from the Collection

Previous exhibition, 2004

Over the last five years the National Portrait Gallery has developed a collection of portrait photographs that reflects both the strength and diversity of Australian achievement as well as the talents of our photographers.

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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.