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Veruschka as Veruschka and as a man, advertising campaign for 'Dormeuil Frères'

circa 1970


Alec Murray

Australia, England

1917 – 2002

  • Details

    circa 1970
    Media category
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph, collage, vintage
    29.5 x 29.1 cm image; 38.0 x 31.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Alec and Sue Murray 2006
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Alec Murray

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    Artist information
    Alec Murray

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Alec Murray is well regarded as an inventive portrait and fashion photographer. He began his career in Australia working with portrait photographer John Lee. He later worked as a photographer for the Navy. After the War his fame as a well-known portrait and social photographer culminated in a book of his portraits entitled 'Alec Murray's Album', published by Sydney Ure Smith. This book remains an extraordinary document of post War Australian high society and bohemia. In 1948 he moved to London where he was widely published, working for a variety of magazines including 'Paris Match', 'Queen' and 'Flair' as well as continuing to publish in 'The Australian Women's Weekly'.

    The Dormeuil Frères campaign was radical in its day with the androgynous 'Veruschka' playing all parts. Published extensively in 'Nova' and other fashion magazines the campaign revolutionized the perception of men’s suits.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Shadow Catchers, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Feb 2020–03 Jan 2021

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