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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

  • 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
    Copyright
    © Max Dupain. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • 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.’

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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