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Title

Slipper orchids

1958

Artist

Max Dupain

Australia

22 Apr 1911 - 27 Jul 1992

  • Details

    Date
    1958
    Media category
    Photograph
    Materials used
    gelatin silver photograph
    Dimensions
    49.4 x 37.7 cm image/sheet; 59.4 x 50.7 cm original board
    Signature & date

    Signed and dated l.r. image and u.c. verso original board, pencil "Max Dupain `58".

    Credit
    Gift of Edron Pty Ltd - 1995 through the auspices of Alistair McAlpine
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    836.1996
    Copyright
    © Max Dupain. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • About

    While describing the intentions behind his architectural photographs, Max Dupain stated in 1976: ‘I want to give life to the inanimate. It’s a sort of extension of my penchant for still life.’ Dupain’s animation of static architectural subjects through the dynamic interplay between light and shadow was consolidated and distilled in his treatment of living forms.

    In his close-up photographs of flowers and plants, Dupain distorts scale. Diminutive ordinary flowers become monumental and are endowed with the same grandiloquence as an architectural masterpiece. Often removed from their natural habitats and shot against indeterminate black backgrounds, Dupain’s flowers transcend their horticultural context and become semi-abstract forms. This photograph of a slipper orchid plays with symmetry and composition to produce an image that shies away from straight representation and instead resembles a Rorschach diagram.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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