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Pitjantjatjara children 1, South Australia
[100 Photographs, pl. 054]
Gelatin silver print
David Moore Estate
© Courtesy of the David Moore Estate
David Moore photographed these children from Ernabella mission in the Musgrave Ranges for the Life World Library book Australia and New Zealand. Allowed by the mission to run around naked until puberty, the children were frolicking after a swim, trying to dry off. Before they stopped, Moore managed six or seven frames with his camera, capturing visual order in the chaotic scene.
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.