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Title

Alice Millar, Tibooburra, NSW

1959
printed 1997

Artist

David Moore

Australia

06 Apr 1927 - 23 Jan 2003

  • Details

    Dates
    1959
    printed 1997
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    Dimensions
    35.0 x 35.6 cm image; 40.4 x 50.6 cm sheet
    Credit
    Gift of Karen, Lisa, Matthew and Michael Moore 2004
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    60.2004
    Copyright
    © Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore

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    Artist information
    David Moore

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    David Moore returned to Australia in 1958 having lived in London for seven years where he worked as a photojournalist for illustrated publications such as ‘Life’, ‘Time’, ‘Fortune’ and ‘The Observer’. In Tibooburra, the hottest and most isolated place in north-western New South Wales, Moore photographed Alice Millar. A direct intimate portrait, Alice Millar smiles as she turns from the camera, possibly embarrassed by the attention, eyes momentarily shut against the bright cloudless sky. Behind her are indistinct shadows, sand, rocks and the impression of more heat generated by the reflective surfaces of corrugated iron in the mid-afternoon sun. Moore has positioned the dignified, amenable Alice Millar away from the shade which her modest dwelling could offer in such a harsh environment. The image is in keeping with American photographer Dorothea Lange’s three considerations when taking a photograph – it is not tampered with, has a sense of place as part of its surroundings and has a sense of time past or the present.1 Standing stationary, her body frontally positioned, it is the moment before Alice Millar will look towards the camera, open her eyes and speak, or perhaps turn away.

    1. Davis K F 1995, ‘The photographs of Dorothea Lange’, Hallmark Cards Inc, Kansas City, Missouri p 11

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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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