Hullihen Williams Moore is a landscape photographer. Through his work, Mr. Moore seeks to let others know some of the wonder, power, and beauty of the wildness of nature as well as the mystery and beauty of historic and rural structures.
In college at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, Mr. Moore was a stringer for the Richmond Times-Dispatch, and was paid five dollars for each photograph used by the paper. Later at the University of Virginia, he continued to make pictures as a hobby, often traveling into the mountains to photograph.
In the 1970's, Mr. Moore bought his first view camera and began working with 4” x 5” black and white film and making his own prints. In 1979, Moore studied with Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park. In addition, he has studied landscape photography and fine print making with noted landscape photographers John Sexton and Philip Hyde.
Mr. Moore’s work is part of the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and is held in the art collections of major corporations including Capital One and Owens & Minor.
His book, Shenandoah: Views
of Our National Park, was published by the University
of Virginia Press in October, 2003. The work contains
51 images, made over more than 20 years. From
grand vistas and waterfalls to the delicate unfurling
of new ferns, these duotone prints capture the
singular appeal that attracts more than 1 million visitors
to the park each year. In two essays, Moore addresses
the natural and human history of the park as
well as his own personal experience of it, including
stories behind several individual photographs.
National Public Radio Weekend Edition – Sunday featured Mr. Moore and his book in a December, 2003, broadcast. NPR said:
Today, Hullie Moore’s book of photographs, Shenandoah: Views of Our National Park … may be doing for Shenandoah what Adams did for Yosemite. Moore captures the park’s waterfalls, vistas, ice-laden trees and budding flowers in black and white images that are both simple and profound.
Concurrent with the publication of Mr. Moore's book, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts mounted a traveling exhibit of images from the book to tour Virginia. Eileen Mott, Exhibition Curator of the Virginia Museum, said of Moore’s work:
He shows us water as we have never seen it, falling and spraying with delight in its own energy. He gives us the gift of pause in the image of a single wildflower. American poet William Carlos Williams said, “poets write for a single reason—to give witness to splendor.” That, above all else, is the unselfish and poetic bequest of Hullihen Williams Moore’s photographs. Splendor.
The exhibit was showcased throughout Virginia at more than a dozen venues and the collection was exhibited in Washington D. C. at the Department of the Interior.
The October-November, 2003, issue of albemarle magazine
featured a 10-page portfolio of Moore's work and
an excerpt from his book. Mr. Moore received the
silver award for the albemarle photographic
essay from the International Regional Magazine
Association. In addition, the book has been recognized
for excellence by the Association
of Partners for Public Lands.
A portfolio of Mr. Moore's photographs has appeared in Blue Ridge Country and his images have also appeared on calendars and on six popular posters he published of the Shenandoah National Park. His images have appeared on the cover of a number of publications. Mr. Moore has had numerous one-person shows throughout Virginia.
For the first thirty years of his photographic career, Mr. Moore used a wooden 4 x 5 view camera and worked out of a dark room in his home. Over the last decade Mr. Moore moved from darkroom to digital and now makes his images and prints using a Canon digital camera and high quality Epson printers that allow him to make prints from 8” x 10” to 40” x 60” Prints from his 4x5 black and white negatives are also available in various sizes up to 40x60. All prints meet archival standards.
Mr. Moore’s images are available through the Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, Virginia. www.pagebondgallery.com