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Title

(fire stairs at Bond St)

1934


Artist

Max Dupain

Australia

22 Apr 1911 - 27 Jul 1992


About

Max Dupain is Australia’s most celebrated modernist photographer. Born in the Sydney, Dupain practiced photography as a teenager, receiving his first camera in 1924. In 1929 he joined the New South Wales Photographic Society, and in 1930 was employed in the studio of prominent Pictorialist Cecil Bostock, where he received solid training in all aspects of photography. He established his own studio in Sydney in 1934, servicing commercial clients and producing still lifes, figure photography and portraits. In his personal work, he explored the surrealist aesthetic of Man Ray, experimenting with formal abstraction and montage. With the outbreak of World War II, Dupain worked with the Camouflage Unit in 1941, travelling to New Guinea and the Admiralty Islands. His photography of the 1960s and 70s was shaped by architectural interests and he fostered working relationships with several prominent architects, most notably Harry Seidler.


Details


Date

1934


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

gelatin silver photograph


Edition

n/a


Dimensions

26.2 x 20.6 cm image/sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. recto backing paper, pencil '- Max Dupain '34 -'


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Photography Collection Benefactors' Program 2016


Location

Not on display


Accession number

354.2016


Artist information

Max Dupain

Works in the collection

418