Ceiling, stairway and lift shaft in old CSR head office
22 Apr 1911 - 27 Jul 1992
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.’
Untitled (ceiling, stairway and lift shaft in old head office building)
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
© Max Dupain, 1960. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 3 exhibitions
CSR Photography Project: Recent work, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 1983–16 Oct 1983
CSR Photography Project Collection: A bicentennial gift to the AGNSW, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Feb 1988–15 May 1988
Max Dupain: the Paris 'private' series and other pictures, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 May 2014–31 Aug 2014