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Title

Skeleton leaf

1964

Artist

Olive Cotton

Australia

11 Jul 1911 - 27 Sep 2003

  • Details

    Date
    1964
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph, vintage
    Dimensions
    24.7 x 19.6 cm image; 25.0 x 20.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program 2006
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    175.2006
    Copyright
    © Estate of the artist

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    Artist information
    Olive Cotton

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  • About

    Olive Cotton grew up on the outskirts of Sydney where she was exposed to the range of contemporary thinking whether scientific, political or artistic. Her childhood friendship with Max Dupain and joint love of photography led to their eventual though brief marriage and her work in the Max Dupain studio during the war years. Cotton knew Harold Cazneaux and studied photographic styles from pictorialism onwards. Her own work was characterized, as Helen Ennis has written, by 'an abiding love of nature, astute powers of observation, a democratic approach to subject matter, and a sheer delight in and mastery of the photographic medium.'

    Cotton worked as a photographer until her second marriage to Ross McInerney and move to country NSW in 1946. Until 1964, when she set up a studio in Cowra she concentrated on childrearing and farm life. Rediscovered in 1981 her work was much sought after through the 1980s and 1990s and she continued taking photographs and printing her own work until 1996.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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