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Placing roof section, Sydney Opera House
[100 Photographs, pl. 065]
Gelatin silver print
David Moore Estate
© Courtesy of the David Moore Estate
On one of his many photographic excursions to Bennelong Point, Moore thought that the riggers and dogmen on the Opera House were: ... almost like actors in a tableau à as they lower a roof section into place. The process called for absolute precision and timing. An unseen player in the drama was the crane operator who was responsible for lowering the massive form. The reality is that dogmen risked their lives for $44 a week.
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.