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Title

Ceiling, stairway and lift shaft in old CSR head office

1960
printed 1983


Artist

Max Dupain

Australia

22 Apr 1911 - 27 Jul 1992


About

Max Dupain began to specialise in architectural photography in the late 1940s, having already built his reputation as a photographer working with fashion, commercial still life and portraiture. The aesthetic concerns of modernist architecture resonated with Dupain’s visual syntax. His use of dramatic lighting to delineate space and his penchant for cropped frames and canted angles (as in this photograph of the stairway in the CSR head office) amplified the formal features of his architectural subjects.

Dupain developed professional relationships with many architects including Glenn Murcutt, Philip Cox, Daryl Jackson, Jørn Utzon and Harry Seidler and his work came to define the way Australian modernist architecture was represented and disseminated. Discussing the importance of his relationship with Seidler in 1976, Dupain acknowledged the way his stylistic sensibility was shaped and informed by modern architecture: ‘Through Harry I have learned a lot: the stark form, the abstract form, the functional form, Bauhaus all over with the pictorial response uppermost.’


Details


Other Title

Untitled (ceiling, stairway and lift shaft in old head office building)


Dates

1960
printed 1983


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Dimensions

39.0 x 49.7 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. image, pencil "Max Dupain '60".


Credit

CSR Photography Project Collection - Bicentennial Gift of CSR Limited 1988


Location

Not on display


Accession number

57.1987


Artist information

Max Dupain

Works in the collection

417


Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Robert McFarlane and Christine Godden, CSR Photography Project Collection: A bicentennial gift to the AGNSW, Sydney, 1988.