New Zealand born 1916
- Movements: Australia United States (//1945)
My favourite cow. Spring in New Zealand
['Spring'in New Zealand (on first publication in 'Life', 1 Feb. ,1943,p.100 My favourite cow] 1942
Photography, Photograph, gelatin silver photograph
Primary Insc: verson in pencil, 'My favourite cow George Silk'
image 29.8 h x 23.4 w cm
sheet 35.2 h x 27.8 w cm
Accession No: NGA 2000.327
George Silk made this image of a pregnant cow in New Zealand in September 1942 while on leave after being in the Middle East, Greece,
Crete and North Africa and before going to New Guinea. It reminded him of the book and Disney cartoon character Ferdinand the Bull, and remained a favourite
image perhaps because of the contrast its humour and fertility made with the horrors of war. From New Guinea he sent a print to Life - he first saw
copies of the magazine in the Middle East.
Life published the image in the section 'Pictures to the Editors' on 1 February 1943 and the following month ran his New Guinea photograph, the Blinded soldier. On the basis of these two photographs, Wilson Hicks, Executive Editor of Life, offered Silk a job covering the war for the magazine.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010