Bob Moore (1938 - 2019)
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Bob spent many summers in art programs at the Detroit Art Museum. He enlisted in the Air Force after high school graduation and served as base photographer in Okinawa during the 50s.
Bob became a staff photographer for the major daily newspaper, The St. Louis Globe-Democrat in the seventies. 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 national and international recording stars, including Paul McCarthy, the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Nektar, Judas Priest and Black Sabbath. He also managed The Welders, a young punk band featuring four teenagers from the St. Louis area. They are now prominently featured in "St. Louis Sounds," exhibition at the Missouri History Museum through January 2023.
In June of 1995, Bob formed the Moore Design Group with his wife Elizabeth (Betty), a graphic designer, artist and writer, and opened an office on Laclede's Landing. Always the pioneer, he began exploring art and photography through electronic media including the Internet. While attending a photo convention in Toronto, Canada, he discovered only a handful of sites about St. Louis. Inspired to shine a bright light on St. Louis, he returned home and began working on a web site to feature the attractions and historical neighborhoods of the metropolitan area.
In February of 1996, he launched the Saint Louis Front Page, St. Louis Fine Restaurant Guide, St. Louis Hotels Guide and St. Louis Attractions. Southwest Illinois News soon followed.
Bob's fine art photography is part of collections at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, the Thomas F. Eagleton Courthouse, the License Collector's Office at Saint Louis City Hall, the Old Spaghetti Factory on Laclede's Landing, Grafica Fine Art Gallery, as well as corporate and individuals through the country.
The Moore Design Group received the Neighborhood Business of the Year Award 2014 from St. Louis Mayor Francis G. Slay.