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Ed Murrow, New York

1956 (printed 2000)

National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery
Canberra, Australia

Ed Murrow (1908-1965), American broadcaster, presented a 1954 television report that led to the political demise of anti-communist Senator Joseph McCarthy. Murrow began his career in 1935 as director of educational programs for CBS. In 1937 he became head of its European Bureau, covering the occupation of Austria and filing a famous series of reports from Blitz-torn London. After the war he returned to the US, where he presented the popular radio news program Hear it Now. In 1951 the show was adapted for TV as See It Now, in which he probed such matters as the Korean War and the exploitation of migrant workers. Despite receiving 5 Emmys in the 1950s, Murrow was consistently opposed by industry insiders who thought television was only for entertainment. Murrow's career is portrayed in the film Good Night, and Good Luck (2005).

David Moore (b. 1927) commenced his professional photographic career in Sydney with the Russell Roberts studio in 1947. Later he worked with Max Dupain before travelling to London in 1951 to embark on a career in photojournalism. During the subsequent seven years he carried out assignments in the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, Africa and the USA, and his work appeared in The Observer, Life, Look and the New York Times. In 1958 he returned to Sydney. Over the ensuing three decades he combined international with local Australian assignments, while continuing to build a body of private work. His photographs are in many institutional collections including those of the National Gallery of Australia, the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, and the Smithsonian Institute, Washington.

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