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David MooreThroughout his prolific career, Moore produced a remarkable body of work that amassed over 200,000 negatives. Time after time he created images of exceptional quality and technical mastery. From the realism of his documentary work to his experimentation with abstraction, Moore‘s innate sense of design, composition and form typified his original and consistent vision.
Moore was remarkably methodical. Not long before his death in 2003 he personally reviewed his extensive negative archive and selected the 100 images he considered to be his finest. This selection exemplified Moore‘s diverse accomplishments in documentary photography, photojournalism, refined abstraction, romantic landscapes, portraiture and architectural photography.
He felt that this set of images was pivotal to the archival record – historically, artistically and biographically. He asked his daughter, Lisa Moore, to coordinate the posthumous production of limited edition prints from each negative. She felt that this was also her father‘s way of ensuring that his legacy of photographs was not only still available to the public but was represented by a collection over which he had excercised control.
To Lisa’s way of thinking, having scanned the images and recognised their importance, it was as if Moore had curated his own exhibition. She, along with help from Josef Lebovic and Guy Abrahams, coordinated a travelling exhibition that began its journey at 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).
The photographs from this collection have been individually released in a limited edition of 90. They are printed on archival fibre-base paper, selenium toned, titled, signed, dated, blind stamped, and editioned by Lisa Moore. The paper size of each print is 40.6 x 50.8cm.
The extended captions in this exhibition are by Alan Davies from The State Library of NSW.