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An image of Port Waratah from conveyor tower by Grant Mudford

Grant Mudford

(Australia, United States of America 1944 – )

Port Waratah from conveyor tower
Media category
Materials used
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
Accession number
© Grant Mudford
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.

Exhibition history (6)

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