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Nude self portrait, 1977

Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph on paper

Lewis Morley (1925–2013) left London to live in Sydney in 1971, having established his reputation with a series of photographs of British celebrities of the 1960s including Charlotte Rampling, Vanessa Redgrave, Jean Shrimpton, Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. Amongst his work is one of the world’s most famous photographic portraits – that of Christine Keeler, short-term shared mistress of a British politician and a Soviet diplomat, naked on a Scandinavian chair. By the beginning of the 1970s Morley’s magazine and theatre work in London was petering out, and he emigrated to Australia, where, to his delight, ‘bingo! there was the sixties all over again’. The National Portrait Gallery in London staged a retrospective show, Lewis Morley: Photographer of the Sixties in 1989. Fourteen years later, in conjunction with Morley, the Australian National Portrait Gallery mounted Myself and Eye, a retrospective of his international and Australian photographs. The National Portrait Gallery has more than fifty of his photographs of Australian subjects, many taken for exciting new lifestyle publications of the 1970s such as Dolly, POL and Belle.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program

Accession number: 2003.46

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 52 in 1977)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

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. 

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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.