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Title

Surf carnival, Cronulla

1968
printed 1978


Artist

Hal Missingham

Australia

08 Dec 1906 - 07 Apr 1994


About

Hal Missingham often holidayed at his beach house at Garie in the Royal National Park south of Sydney, not far from Cronulla. In 1970 he published ‘Close focus’ a book of photographic details of rocks, pools, sand and driftwood. As a beachcomber and observer of beach culture Missingham delighted in his immediate environment. ‘Surf carnival, Cronulla’ is a quintessential Australian scene, one that frames an important aspect of national identity and culture. As passive observers, the 1960s was a time when many girls were still ‘minding the towels’ for the boys who surfed or competed in carnivals. Barricaded from the beach and its male activity the young women in bikinis are oblivious to the photographer who has foregrounded their relaxed tanned bodies behind the wire as they in turn observe and discuss the surf lifesavers in formation at the water’s edge. Although a beach is accessible for the majority of Australians and is now an accepted egalitarian space where women bodysurf, ride surfboards and compete along with beachgoers from diverse ethnic backgrounds, 'Surf carnival, Cronulla’ suggests a specific demography.

© Art Gallery of New South Wales Photography Collection Handbook, 2007


Details


Dates

1968
printed 1978


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

38.1 x 26.3 cm image; 50.7 x 40.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1978


Location

Not on display


Accession number

143.1978


Artist information

Hal Missingham

Works in the collection

42


Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Rose Peel, Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, 'Australian postwar photo-documentary', pg.189-207, Sydney, 2007, 188 (illus.), 205 (illus.).

Linda Slutzkin, On the beach, Sydney, 1982, 22 (illus.). catalogue no: 19