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Title

Untitled (early stages of Darling Harbour re-development)


Artist

Steven Lojewski

England, Canada, Australia

1952 -


About

Steven Lojewski was grew up in Canada and moved to Australia in 1969. She studied photography at Prahran College of Advanced Education and then at Sydney College of the Arts in the 1970s. He has lectured at Sydney College since 1978. Lojewski’s early black and white work concentrated on aspects of urban architecture but by the mid 1980s this interest had become more that of an archaeologist. Lojewski began to focus on the fine details of urban detritus and the industrial. His large body of work for the CSR photography project presents claustrophobic interiors where the meaning of the machinery and spaces is lost.

Lojewski’s Darling Harbour photographs present the soon to be developed site as similarly lacking in scale though his shots are taken from above and it is clear that they are out of doors. Lojewski revels in the remarkable detail of such a disregarded environment by using a large format camera which produces 6 x 9 cm negatives and the viewer is free to roam over the detail of odd structures and piles of dirt – all flattened by the birds eye view.

In 1991 Lojewski wrote: ‘I see my work acting as a type of archaeological tomb of information and knowledge to be used in the future as evidence of the times and places in which I photograph…. My interest in the urban landscape is not just a matter of dealing with visual issues but to recognise social and human processes.’1

1. Lojewski, S. 1991, 'Outline of photographic documentation of the Newcastle and Wollongong areas of NSW', Australia, unpub. mss. artist files, AGNSW

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


Details


Date

1986


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

31.0 x 46.3 cm image; 40.5 x 50.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. verso, pencil "S. Lojewski 1986".


Credit

Purchased 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

389.1987


Artist information

Steven Lojewski

Works in the collection

25


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Bronwyn Clark-Coolee, Photography: Art Gallery of New South Wales Collection, 'Not 'simply' anything', pg.266-287, Sydney, 2007, 271 (illus.), 286 (illus.).

Kay Vernon, Harbour hymns, city songs: visions of Sydney from the collection, Sydney, 1990. cat.no. 23