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The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot)

1999
Lewis Morley

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 40.3 cm x 30.4 cm, image: 17.6 cm x 27.5 cm)

Henry Fox Talbot (1920-1999), photographer, was born Henry Tichauer. The son of a middle-class Jewish family, he changed his name after fleeing Germany and being 'volunteered' out of England on the Dunera. Arriving in Australia, he was interned at Hay amongst the group known as the 'Dunera boys'. On release he went fruit picking near Tocumwal, where he met a German photographer, Helmut Neustadter, who was to become famous as Helmut Newton. The two men set up a photographic studio in Melbourne, which Newton left to pursue international fame in 1963. In 1974 Talbot curtailed his innovative fashion photography practice and began teaching. He moved to Sydney in 1985, meeting Morley soon after. This photograph was taken in Longueville Private Hospital, where Talbot was dying of cancer. Using a half-frame camera, Morley took a photo of Talbot. Talbot requested the camera and took a half-frame shot of Morley. Thus, later, in his darkroom, Morley developed the last photo by - and the last photo of - his friend.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2003
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Lewis Morley Archive LLC

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Artist and subject

Lewis Morley (age 74 in 1999)

Henry Talbot (age 79 in 1999)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Lewis Morley (49 portraits)

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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.

The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot)
The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot)
The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot)
The Last Picture Show (Lewis Morley and Henry Talbot)

Reveries

Photography and mortality

Previous exhibition, 2007

Featuring works by Australian and New Zealand photographers from the late 1970s up to the present day Reveries focuses on images made in the presence of or consciousness of death.

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