A series of photographs from the architect's own collection, held by the State Library of New South Wales.
Architect Jørn Utzon's photographic documentation of the project of the Sydney Opera House offers a unique insight into the vision of the artist, designer, architect and aesthete. An informal style arises from these compositions as their creator looks on at the work he initiated and which gradually gathers more and more contributors under the increasing gravity of the endeavour.
There is a marvellous and casual mixing of the photographic frame’s compositional aesthetics with the subjects themselves, which range from objets d'art, seen in the recording of the scale models, to the monumental Opera House roof, the “fifth facade”, as Utzon described it.
While the sculptural shape of the roof was still being built and clad in almost a million tiles, Utzon withdrew from the project, never to return to Australia to see with his own eyes the finished building, compounding the poignancy of this wonderful record.
Created by Sam Doust and the
Sydney Opera House GCI Team
State Library of New South Wales