(New Zealand, Australia 30 Mar 1878 – 19 Jun 1953)
29.7 x 21.5 cm image/sheet; 35.9 x 27.4 cm card
It was in Sydney that New Zealand-born, Adelaide-trained Cazneaux ultimately made the photographs on which his high historical reputation is justifiably based. His personal vision helped to shape a nation's understanding of itself in the first half of the twentieth century. Emerging from the poetics of the pictorialist tradition, Cazneaux nonetheless admired, and imitated, the racier, more hard-edged themes of modernist photography. His interest in contemporary European photography, especially that of the German Weimar Republic, confirmed his subject matter as urban, industrial and documentary. The building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge provided him with a project perfectly formed for his artistic needs. Here, in but one of many superlative examples, Cazneaux contrasts the uncompromisingly mechanistic structure with a subtle tracery of light and shadow.
Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.
Natasha Bullock, Look, 'Harold Cazneaux: artist in photography', pg.28-31, Newtown, Jun 2008, 28.
Natasha Bullock (Curator), Soft shadows and sharp lines: Australian photography from Cazneaux to Dupain, Sydney, 2002. no pagination or catalogue numbers
Natasha Bullock, Harold Cazneaux: artist in photography, Sydney, 2008.
Philip Geeves and Gael Newton, Philip Geeves presents Cazneaux's Sydney 1904-1934, Sydney, 1980, 142, 143 (illus.).
Bruce James, Art Gallery of New South Wales Handbook, 'Australian Collection: Australian Photography', pg. 198-207, Sydney, 1999, 202 (illus.).
Caroline Mackaness, Bridging Sydney, Sydney, 2006, 52 (illus.).
Ewen McDonald (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales Collections, 'From Colonialism to late Modernism', pg. 7-106, Sydney, 1994, 38 (illus.).
Gael Newton, Silver and Grey - Fifty Years of Australian Photography 1900-1950, 1980. plate no. 55
Gael Newton, Project 7: Harold Cazneaux 1878 - 1953, Sydney, 1975. cat.no. 26
Gael Newton, Australian Pictorial Photography, Melbourne, 1979, 17. cat.no. 26
Michael Wardell, My city of Sydney, Sydney, 2000, back cover (illus.). no pagination or catalogue numbers
Judith White, Look, 'Sydney-side-on', pg.28-29, South Yarra, Apr 2000, 29 (illus.).
Anne-Marie Willis, Picturing Australia - A History of Photography, Sydney, 1988, 151. fig.no. 90
Project 7 - Harold Cazneaux: 1878 - 1953 (1975), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 1975–28 Sep 1975
Australian Pictorial Photography:
Souvenirs of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 14 Mar 1992–10 May 1992
My city of Sydney, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Sep 2000–22 Oct 2000
Soft Shadows and Sharp Lines: Australian photography from Cazneaux to Dupain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Sep 2002–17 Nov 2002
Bridging Sydney, Museum of Sydney, Sydney, 16 Dec 2006–29 Apr 2007
Harold Cazneaux: artist in photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Jun 2008–10 Aug 2008
Sydney Moderns, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 Jul 2013–07 Oct 2013