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Ed Douglas

(United States of America, Australia 06 May 1943 – )

Truck waiting to dump a load of gypsum into the crusher's hopper
Media category
Materials used
type C photograph

24.4 x 48.8 cm image; 31.3 x 50.8 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. sheet, ink "Ed Douglas 1983".
CSR Photography Project Collection - Bicentennial Gift of CSR Limited 1988
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

Ed Douglas' photographs seek to poetically transform natural forms and stimulate a "more profound look at the familiar". After graduating with a Masters of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University in 1969, Douglas taught photography. He moved to Australia in 1973 and from 1977 was Senior Lecturer in Photography at the South Australian School of Art. These images form part of the CSR Photography Project. Douglas was asked to document the Gypsum Mine on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. In these colour photographs images of people participating in mining activities are interspersed with abstract images of a serene, uninhabited environment dominated by shape, tone and texture. Douglas dignifies the locale; by highlighting its inherent beauty he exalts the industrial landscape into poetic configurations.

Bibliography (2)

Natasha Bullock, Australian postwar photodocumentary, Sydney, 2004. no catalogue numbers

Robert McFarlane and Christine Godden, CSR Photography Project Collection: A bicentennial gift to the AGNSW, Sydney, 1988, 39. no catalogue numbers

Exhibition history (4)

CSR Photography Project: Recent work, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 1983–16 Oct 1983

CSR Photography Project: selected works, Queensland Art Gallery, South Brisbane, 06 Nov 1985–19 Jan 1986

CSR Photography Project Collection: A bicentennial gift to the AGNSW, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Feb 1988–15 May 1988

Australian postwar photodocumentary, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 12 Jun 2004–08 Aug 2004