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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

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 50 in 1975)

Junie Morosi (age 42 in 1975)

Subject professions

Public identity

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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Lewis Morley
Lewis Morley
Lewis Morley
Lewis Morley

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
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage
Dame Edna Everage

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. 

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