David MOORE, The newly-crowned Queen passes by, London Enlarge 1 /1


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia 1927 – 2003

The newly-crowned Queen passes by, London 1953 Place made: London, Greater London, England
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 22.8 h x 22.8 w cm sheet 38.0 h x 30.3 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.1289.81
Image rights: © Lisa, Michael, Matthew and Joshua Moore

After apprenticeships with Russell Roberts and Max Dupain in Sydney, Moore left Australia in 1950 on the Himalaya bound for England to try his luck and test his skill in the wider world. He found the hard-boiled editors of Picture Post hard to crack but had photographs published in The Observer – finding that they would publish ‘sensitive and lyrical images’. Some time after approaching the London Bureau Chief of Life, the famous American publication, he was given an assignment with the magazine, becoming one of a team covering the coronation in 1953 of Queen Elizabeth II. Like Brandt before him, Moore often reversed his camera, away from the spectacle, to show the reaction of onlookers.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra