Iconic Sydney Harbour photographs to be auctioned by Bonhams

Important Australian and Aboriginal Art including the Estate of John Cuningham
22 Nov 2016

A large collection of David Moore photographs depicting Sydney's major icons – many still under construction ¬– will go to auction next week in Woollahra.

From a 1966 photograph of the Opera House sails being built to a 1995 image of the Glebe Island Bridge – later Anzac Bridge – taking shape, the 40 images being sold on November 22 reveal Moore's fascination with the ever-changing life of the city.

Consigned by the family of the renowned photojournalist, who passed away in 2003, the silver gelatin photographs were hand-printed by the artist in 1993 for the hugely popular exhibition David Moore: Sydney Harbour - 50 years of photography held at the State Library of New South Wales that year.

Bonhams specialist Merryn Schriever said the collection of mainly black-and-white photographs was like a love letter to the harbour city.

"As one of Australia's premier photojournalists, David Moore loved to document the changes taking place in his hometown and his images provide a wonderful glimpse into the past," Ms Schriever said.

"From moody landscapes of the harbour and skyline to 'behind-the-scenes' snapshots of our most famous landmarks, this collection reveals a city constantly in flux."

Born in 1927, David Moore worked alongside Max Dupain in Sydney in the late 1940s and early 1950s before his career took him to Europe, the USA and UK photographing for the likes of Time-Life, The New York Times and National Geographic.

Photographs from the Estate of David Moore will be on view from November 18 to 21, 10am to 5pm, at 111 Queen Street, Woollahra.

Bonhams' auction will take place at the same location on November 22 at 6.30pm.

An online catalogue can be viewed here – see lots 79 to 118.

Media contact: Emma Miller; tel +61 (0) 401 642 535; press.australia@bonhams.com

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