Remembering Bob Moore (1938-2019)

Remembering Bob Moore (1938 - 2019)

Portrait of Bob Moore by Elizabeth Moore
January 14, 2020

One year ago today, I lost my best friend, husband and fellow photographer. Bob Moore was a familiar face at special events, parades, festivals and news conferences, which he photographed for the St. Louis Front Page.

While sketching this portrait of Bob over the past few days, I have spent time reminiscing about the lifetime we spent together.

Bob was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He developed a keen interest in art, photography and music while in school. In the early seventies, Bob moved to St. Louis and became a staff photographer for the former major daily newspaper, The St. Louis Globe-Democrat, covering sports, community activities and major events. Readers would frequently see his photo "above the fold". He was a fierce competitor with the photographers from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. When the unions went on strike in 1973, he rallied several Globe writers to launch Concert-News, the World of Rock Newspaper. Over the next seven years, he photographed and interviewed national and international recording stars at venues including the
Ambassador Theater, Kiel Auditorium and Opera House, Fox Theater and the Mississippi River Festival. It was an incredible experience to work with him as the associate editor.

An advocate of young people learning the newspaper business, Bob coordinated several press conferences for high school students to meet groups including Jethro Tull, Judas Priest and Alice Cooper. He produced records for several young bands, including a young girls group, "The Welders." He was also a supporter of local groups like Pavlov's Dog and Mama's Pride and international recording groups such as Nektar, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath.

Bob was a private, quiet, thoughtful, creative, generous man, who fought for the "little guy." In 1977, he took a large petition, put together by 10 high school students, to Black Sabbath's concert in Chicago, as their tour was not going to include St. Louis. He persuaded the promoters to add a stop in St. Louis. The "Sabbath 10", as they became known, all got 2nd row tickets and backstage passes to the sold-out show at Kiel Auditorium.

When the Globe folded in the early eighties, he opened a studio in the penthouse suite at the Shell Building and began working as a free lance photographer for clients including Anheuser Busch, Pepsi, Boatmen's Trust, BJC, SLUCare, Southwestern Bell, Fleishman-Hillard, Ford Motor Company, Pepsi, May Company and the Carpenter's Union.

In 1995, we formed the Moore Design Group and opened an office on Laclede's Landing. We also got married. While attending a photo convention in Toronto, Canada, on our honeymoon, we learned of the World Wide Web (now known as the Internet) and discovered only a handful of sites about St. Louis. Inspired to shine a bright light on St. Louis, Bob began working on a web site to feature the attractions and historical neighborhoods of the metropolitan area.

Always the pioneer and innovator, his vision was guided by strong ethics and progressive thinking. He was one of the biggest boosters of St. Louis through the St. Louis Front Page. Search engine Excite, an internet portal launched in 1995, called it "a pixel packed web site." Bob proudly called it the most "St. Louis-friendly" web site. He was very proud of the Moore Design Group being honored as 'Neighborhood Business of the Year' for the 20th Ward in 2014.

He was a great listener and an even better story teller. He was also a perfectionist when it came to his photography, noting that "you're only as good as your last photo." He had a keen sense of design, composition, lighting and timing, as seen in the photos of the Clock at St. Louis City Hall and the Night View of Splash Fountain at Citygarden.

Today, Bob's photographic work of St. Louis can be seen in numerous corporate offices throughout the St. Louis area, including the License Collector's office at St. Louis City Hall, the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, the Old Spaghetti Factory on Laclede's Landing, and in many private collections.

Thank you for letting me share his legacy. I hope you enjoy exploring his work in the collection at St. Louis Photos and Fine Art. 

Elizabeth (Betty) Moore
Artist / Photographer
St. Louis City Hall Clock
British rock group Nektar in concert at the former Ambassador Theatre in St. Louis during their first tour of the United States. photo by Bob Moore, Concert-News