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An image of Max Dupain book plate by Max Dupain

Max Dupain

(Australia 22 Apr 1911 – 27 Jul 1992)

Title
Max Dupain book plate
Year
1930s
Media category
Photograph
Materials used
gelatin silver photograph
Dimensions

7.3 x 5.1 cm image/sheet

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program 2003
Accession number
428.2003
Location
Not on display
Further information

Max Dupain began his photographic career at the age of 19 when he joined Cecil Bostock's studio. By 1935 he was recognized as Australia's leading modernist photographer and was vociferous in his reaction against Pictorialism in photography which was still current locally. Dupain spent his life working as a commercial photographer and was extremely prolific. His early experiments (he was the first in Australia to write about Man Ray) with both surrealism and photography incorporating Bauhaus principles meant that the 1930s were highly creative years. Dupain's post- war work is known, in the main, for his embrace of photo-documentary and realism yet he did not ever leave his early interests behind as is evident in his late, highly symbolic, work.

Dupain clearly enjoyed creating frontispieces and photo-designs most especially in the 1930s. Possibly this is due to his early apprenticeship with Cecil Bostock who was as good a designer as he was a photographer.

Bibliography (1)

Josef Lebovic Gallery, Collectors list no. 105, 2003. Pictorialism to Modernism: Australian Photographers from the 20th century, 2003. cat.no. 49

Exhibition history (1)

Pictorialism to Modernism: Australian Photographers from the 20th century, Josef Lebovic Gallery, Kensington, 16 Aug 2003–27 Sep 2003