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Ceiling, stairway and lift shaft in old CSR head office

printed 1983


Max Dupain


22 Apr 1911 – 27 Jul 1992

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    Untitled (ceiling, stairway and lift shaft in old head office building)
    printed 1983
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    gelatin silver photograph
    39.0 x 49.7 cm image/sheet
    Signature & date

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

    CSR Photography Project Collection - Bicentennial Gift of CSR Limited 1988
    Not on display
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    © Estate of Max Dupain/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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