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David Moore 
Christmas Day swim, the Serpentine, London 
[100 Photographs, pl. 034] 
1955 (ca) 
  
Gelatin silver print 
David Moore Estate 
© Courtesy of the David Moore Estate 
  
 
LL/32057 
  
A swimming race in London at Christmas was just one example of English eccentricity that Moore recorded for The Observer.
 
He remembered shivering in his overcoat, as he waited for the race to start and thinking that 'Exposed human flesh in midwinter is seldom a pretty sight'.
 
Despite the peculiarity of some assignments from the newspaper, he was grateful for the work.
Alan Davies, The State Library of NSW
 
This photograph was included in the David Moore 100 Photographs series that toured the State Library of NSW (titled David Moore 100 photographs) in late 2005. The exhibition then travelled to Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, in 2006, changing its title to David Moore A Vision, 1927-2003; and then to Bendigo Art Gallery (2006), Shepparton Art Gallery (2006), Albury Regional Art Gallery (2007), Gold Coast City Art Gallery (2007), Wollongong City Gallery (2007), Mildura Arts Centre (2008), and finally to LaTrobe Regional Gallery (2008). A Limited Edition of the series was also produced. 
 

 
  
 
  
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