Port Waratah from conveyor tower
Australia, United States of America
Grant Mudford studied architecture before turning to commercial photography in the mid 1960s. A career in art photography was established with his success in the USA in the late 1970s. Mudford's photography fragments the built environment, producing abstracted images. His work is formal in aspect, with an emphasis on texture, line and shape. Concerned largely with buildings that are not classically architectural, he enjoys "giving those structures another life in the form of a photograph, a refined dignity and presence". This photograph is part of the CSR Photography Project and was taken by Mudford at the Port Waratah installation in the Hunter Valley in 1981. They range from typical - characteristically flattened images that emphasis texture by obscuring the whole to less typical examples, with some using a dramatic tonality that fades in the distance to create depth, giving the industrial landscape an ethereal quality.
gelatin silver photograph
47.0 x 58.0 cm image; 51.0 x 60.5 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. verso, pencil "Grant Mudford 1981".
CSR Photography Project Collection - Bicentennial Gift of CSR Limited 1988
Not on display
© Grant Mudford
Shown in 6 exhibitions
CSR Photography Project - Hunter Valley Coal, Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, 01 Mar 1982–01 Apr 1982
UCLA Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Planning 1984, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1984–1984
Grant Mudford Commissioned Photographs, Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Paddington, 15 Feb 1985–09 Mar 1985
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
New Work, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Unknown–Unknown
Referenced in 2 publications
Sandra Byron, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Photography', pg. 125-135, Sydney, 1988, 130 (illus.).
Robert McFarlane and Christine Godden, CSR Photography Project Collection: A bicentennial gift to the AGNSW, Sydney, 1988.