Max Dupain on Assignment

National Archives of Australia

A Selection of the Commercial Work of Eminent Australian Photographer Max Dupain

Selling a nation
Max Dupain’s photographs from the 1940s for the Department of Information were used by the Australian Government to promote Australia’s way of life – its fine weather, outdoor activities, cultural pursuits, modern cities and quality education.
Showcasing industry
Many of the following photographs were commissions by the Department of Trade during the 1960s and 1970s. Images such as these were used in promotional material aimed at attracting international trade and investment in Australia. Max Dupain’s photographic commissions from the 1960s reveal his strong interest in industrial subjects.
Engaging with architecture
Max Dupain’s commercial career was dominated by his architectural assignments. His modernist approach – his interest in light and shade, strong lines and unusual angles – made him the photographer of choice for many architects. His commissions ranged from the new Sydney skyscrapers to office interiors, from cultural institutions to small domestic projects.
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This exhibit draws from 'Max Dupain on Assignment', a larger exhibition developed by the National Archives of Australia in 2007, drawing on the government photographic collections held in the Archives. The exhibition toured Australia until 2013.

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