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HomeContents > People > Photographers > David Moore

Born: David Murray Moore 
Dates:  1927, 6 April - 2003
Born:  Australia, Sydney
Active:  Global
Australian photographer. From 1960 onwards his major interest was in architectural and engineering photography.

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[100 Photographs, pl. 001] 
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David Moore was Australia’s most renowned and widely travelled photojournalist. His extraordinary archive covers both his homeland and the many countries and subjects he visited over a sixty-year career.
Moore commenced his professional photographic career in Sydney with Russell Roberts' studio in 1947. Later he worked with Max Dupain before travelling to London in 1951. He was the first Australian photojournalist to work consistently for the international picture magazines during their heyday in the 1950s. For seven years he photographed on assignment in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Africa and the USA, and his work was published in such journals as The Observer, Time-Life, Look, The New York Times and Sports Illustrated. He was one of only two Australian photographers included in the Family of Man exhibition in New York in 1955.
From 1958 Moore travelled the world for his New York agency, Black Star, working for Time-Life Books, National Geographic and corporate industrial clients.
From the 1970s onwards Moore was based in Sydney and here his work reflected his views of Australia. His photographs have been published in many books and are in many Australian collections including those of the Australian National Gallery. Collections are also held at the New York Museum of Modern Art, Le Bibliothéque Nationale in Paris, and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC.
1947 Commenced professional photography with Russell Roberts' studio, Sydney
1948 Joined Max Dupain's studio, Sydney
1951-58 London, freelance photojournalist for publications including The Observer, Time, Life, Fortune & Look in the USA, UK, Europe and Africa
1958 Returned to Sydney to work for the US magazine & industrial market
1958 Represented by Black Star agency, New York
1958-76 Travelled USA, Canada, Europe, Antartica, Asia & Pacific on assignments
1976-83 Travelled to Singapore, Malaysia,Taiwan, Indonesia & Kenya for US clients
1984 Worked within Australia for Corporate, Architectural, Industrial and Design clients
1990 Speaker/presenter at Image Hong Kong 90 international convention
1993 Speaker/presenter at Image Hong Kong 93 international convention
1994 Awarded Australian Artists Creative Fellowship (two years)
1996 Publication of major volume To Build a Bridge
1997 The Unseen Images, a collection of 87 previously unknown photographs
2009 Same same but Different, Group show, Kristian Pithie Gallery, Melbourne
2006-08 David Moore: A Vision, 1927 – 2003, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne; Bendigo Art Gallery; Shepparton Art Gallery; Albury Regional Art Gallery; Gold Coast City Art Gallery; Wollongong City Gallery; Mildura Arts Centre; Port Pirie Regional Gallery; La Trobe Regional Gallery
2005-06 David Moore: 100 Photographs, State Library of NSW, Sydney
2005 Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
2001 The Unseen Images, Gold Treasury Museum, Melbourne
1998 The Unseen Images, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1997 The Unseen Images, AGNSW, Sydney
1995 Concert Works, The Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Sydney Opera House
1993 Queenstown Landscapes, Tasmania, Image Hong Kong 93, Hong Kong
1993 Sydney Harbour, State Library of New South Wales
1993 Railways, Relics and Romance, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
1991 David Moore (The Kodak Collection) Puerto Rico; Shenyang, China
1990 David Moore: A Survey 1947-89, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1989 David Moore: Fifty Years of Photographs, regional galleries tour
1989 David Moore: Australian Photographer, Australian Embassy, Paris, France
1988 Sydney at Mid-Century, New South Wales House, London
1988 The Australian Functional Tradition, Christine Abrahams Gallery
1988 David Moore: Fifty Years of Photographs, Retrospective, AGNSW
1986 Australian Artists 1960-85, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1986 Australian Artists 1960-85, The Print Room, Sydney
1985 Sydney at Mid-Century, AGNSW, Sydney
1985 Sydney at Mid-Century, Christine Abrahams Gallery, Melbourne
1985 Sydney at Mid-Century, Developed Image, SA
1985 The CRA Pilbara Project, touring Asia & Japan
1983 Photographs by Design 2, The Developed Image, Adelaide
1983 The Landscape of NSW, New South Wales Parliament House, Sydney
1980 Photographs by Design, Axiom Gallery, Melbourne
1980 Exhibition, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1977 Australia, Australian Embassy, Paris
1978 David Moore Retrospective 1940-1976, touring New Zealand
1976 David Moore Photographs, The Photographers' Gallery, London
1976 David Moore Retrospective 1940-76, Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney
1976 David Moore Retrospective 1940-76, Brummels Gallery, Melbourne
1976 David Moore Retrospective 1940-76, Orange, NSW Festival of Arts
1959 Seven Years a Stranger, The Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne
1958 Seven Years a Stranger, Macquarie Galleries, Sydney
1953 People in Photographs The Architectural Association, London
1994 Awarded Australian Artists Creative Fellowship (two years)
1989 Honorary Fellowship, Australian Institute of Professional Photography
1985 First Prize, the Denison Award for Architectural Photography
1979 Commonwealth Award for Service to Professional Photography
1971 First Prize Colour Section Nikon International Photographic Competition
1967 Five First Prizes Pacific Photographic Fair, Melbourne
1965 Special Award The World and its People, Exhibition, NY World Fair
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney
Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide
Australian Embassy, Beijing, China
Australian Embassy, Paris
Banyule Art Collection, Victoria
City of Waverley Collection, Victoria
CRA Limited, Melbourne
CSR Photography Project Collection, Sydney
Hamersley Iron Pty Limited, Perth
Health Insurance Commission, Canberra
Le Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris
Museum of Sydney
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
National Library of Australia, Canberra
New South Wales Parliament House, Sydney
Novotel Hotel, Darling Harbour, Sydney
Parliament House, Canberra
State Library of New South Wales, Sydney
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
The National Maritime Museum, Sydney
The Perron Group, Sydney
The Philip Morris Collection
The Polaroid Collection, Cambridge, USA
The Polaroid Collection, Sydney
The Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
Published books
Australia and New Zealand, Time Life Books 1964
Isles of the South Pacific, National Geographical Society
Life in Australia, Southern Cross
In the Making, Thomas Nelson 1969
Finland Creates, K J Gummerus 1976
David Moore, Richmond Hill Press 1980
Australia Image of a Nation 1850 - 1950, Collins 1983
The Queen Victoria Building 1898 - 1986, Wellingon Lane Press 1987
The Australian Functional Tradition, Five Mile Press 1988
David Moore - Australian Photographer, Volume 1 (black and white), Chapter & Verse 1988
David Moore - Australian Photographer, Volume 2 (colour), Chapter & Verse 1988
An Australian Place, Chapter & Verse 1991
Image of New England, Armidale Development Corporation 1992
Railways, Relics & Romance: Eveleigh Railway Workshops, Caroline Simpson 1996
To Build a Bridge: Glebe Island, Sydney Australia, Chapter & Verse 1996
The Unseen Images, Chapter & Verse 1997
From Face to Face, Chapter & Verse 2000
Stones of Learning – The University of Sydney, Caroline Simpson 2000
[Courtesy of the David Moore Estate, March 26, 2009] 

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
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• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
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