Fashion photographer James "Jimmy" W. Moore,who worked for Harper's Bazaarduring its heyday of the 1960s under editor Carmel Snow, died at his home in Bridgehampton, N.Y., on December 27. The cause of death was lymphoma, according to his wife, Beate. He was 70.
After studying with the legendary art director Alexey Brodovitch, who also taught Richard Avedonand others, Moore began working for Harper's Bazaarin 1962. From 1978 to 1994, Moore directed television commercials for Clairol, Cover Girl and others but continued to work in still photography. In the 1980s, he began shooting for European magazines, including the Italian and French editions of Harper's Bazaar. In 2004, a retrospective of his commercial work was exhibited at the Carla Sozzani Gallery in Milan.
During his career, Moore taught photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and lectured at the Smithsonian as well as at the Rochester Institute of Photography and the photo workshops in Cape May, N.J. Canon named him to its first "Explorers of Light" program.
Photographer Barbara Bordnickfirst met Moore in the late Sixties, when she moved to New York from Europe and was looking for a job as an assistant. "I couldn't believe that I'd scored an interview with him since he was one of my favorite photographers and I was a nervous wreck," she recalls. Over the years, they became friends. "His exquisite sense of design and elegance and his attention to detail spoke clearly to me.... He was a lovely, gentle, spiritual man of extraordinary talent."
Moore is survived by his wife Beate; his children, Nicolas, himself a fashion photographer, Vanessa and Melissa of Paris, two grandchildren; his sister, Barbara, and brother, Donald. A private memorial was held on December 29. The family is planning a memorial service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society.
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