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An image of Sydney Bridge by Harold Cazneaux

Harold Cazneaux

(New Zealand, Australia 30 Mar 1878 – 19 Jun 1953)

Title
Sydney Bridge
Other titles:
Bridge pattern
Arch of steel
Year
circa 1934
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions

29.7 x 21.5 cm image/sheet; 35.9 x 27.4 cm card

Signature & date
Signed l.r. card, pencil "H Cazneaux" and u.c. verso card, pencil ".../ H Cazneaux". Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the Cazneaux family 1975
Accession number
121.1975
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (13)

Natasha Bullock (Curator), Soft shadows and sharp lines: Australian photography from Cazneaux to Dupain, Sydney, 2002. no pagination or catalogue numbers

Natasha Bullock, Look, 'Harold Cazneaux: artist in photography', pg.28-31, Newtown, Jun 2008, 28.

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, Australian Pictorial Photography, Melbourne, 1979, 17. cat.no. 26

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

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

Exhibition history (8)

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