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Bulganin and Kruschev leaving Chequers, UK

1956
printed 1988


Artist

David Moore

Australia

06 Apr 1927 - 23 Jan 2003


About

Positioning himself by leaning out from the curb-lined crowd, photojournalist David Moore on assignment for ‘Life’ magazine was able to take this remarkable photograph, capturing a political event, as Nikolai Bulganin and Nikita Khrushchev, the two most powerful men in the Soviet Union, left Chequers, the English Prime Minister’s country residence. During the Cold War in April 1956 Sir Anthony Eden, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, invited Bulganin and Khrushchev for a goodwill visit after Khrushchev’s historic speech in February where he had dared to criticise Stalin. The strength of this image lies with the juxtaposition of power and two small English school boys holding toy pistols. The sharply focused solid black official car, with reflections masking the ruthless figures inside, is closely followed by the centrally positioned motorcycle escort as it quickly emerges from an indistinct crowd and misty light – a familiar scene in grainy Second World War films of the Third Reich. Although the boys are probably more interested in the motorcycle, the image can be read as a sinister metaphor of the impotence of the people against the might of the Soviet state.

When asked how he prepared for a photo assignment, Moore stated: ‘Inevitably you have preconceived ideas about any subject you approach. But it's important not to let those attitudes and feelings override what the subject is going to say to you.’1

1. Swainston J 2003, ‘David Moore: an appreciation’, 24 Jan. See www.nikonclub.com.au/lightreading/profile/davidmoore/index.html. Accessed 20.06.2006

© Art Gallery of New South Wales Photography Collection Handbook, 2007


Details


Dates

1956
printed 1988


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

23.3 x 35.6 cm image; 28.3 x 39.4 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.centre verso, pencil "... 1956, David Moore".


Credit

Gift of the artist 1999


Location

Not on display


Accession number

30.1999


Artist information

David Moore

Works in the collection

260


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Sandra Byron, David Moore: Australian Photographer Vol 1, McMahons Point, 1988, 74 (illus.).

Rose Peel, Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, 'Australian postwar photo-documentary', pg.189-207, Sydney, 2007, 193, 199 (illus.).