"I would like my pictures to reflect a little of the respect I have for great masters of the past, at the same time as celebrating the mystery of ambiguous elements which are often embedded in photographs."
David Moore 1997
David Moore's career spanned the age of the picture magazines (for example: Life, Time, The Observer) through to major commissions such as the Sydney Opera House, CSR and self initiated projects like To build a Bridge: Glebe Island.
The breadth and depth of Moore's career means that we have an extraordinary archive of material which describes and interprets the last 50 years of Australian life, the life of the region, and events in Britain and the United States. This selection from the Art Gallery of New South Wales' collection of 260 photographs is a tribute to the life and work of one of Australia’s most influential photographers. Included are experiments from early in Moore’s career, portraits of the humble, the famous, and artists in their studios, life and landscape in remote regions, and documentation of the detritus of daily life. Some of Moore’s most important images are included: Redfern Interior 1949, Sisters of Charity, Washington DC 1956 and Migrants arriving in Sydney 1966.
David Moore was instrumental in advancing Australian photography throughout his career and in the early 1970s was active in setting up the Australian Centre for Photography, Sydney. In 1994 he was awarded an Australian Artists’ Creative Fellowship. He exhibited in London, Paris, China, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong and New Zealand, as well as throughout Australia. His photographs are included in major collections throughout the world including The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC.