Max Dupain: 7 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

Sydney Ure Smith (1948) by Max DupainNational Portrait Gallery

'Sydney based Max Dupain was a fine architectural photographer, but his beach photographs, such as The Sunbather and Form at Bondi, have become key images of Australian experience.'

The Reverend Ralph Sutton (1935) by Max DupainNational Portrait Gallery

'In 1975 the Australian Centre for Photography mounted the exhibition Max Dupain -- A Retrospective 1930--1975.'

Barbara Robison (1935) by Max DupainNational Portrait Gallery

'This photograph appeared in Max Dupain's first photo spread in the Home magazine in November 1935, soon after Dupain had written an article about Man Ray for the same magazine. 'Experiments in Portraiture by Max Dupain' featured a photograph of Hera Roberts developed in 'a cunning blending of positive and negative' alongside this picture of Miss Robison, which was captioned: 'The rise and fall of tone that gives the delicate modelling of this exquisite face are so imperceptible in their transition and the whole conception so medieval in character that, as a portrait, it would seem to have come under the supervision of Botticelli.''

Norman Lindsay (1936) by Max DupainNational Portrait Gallery

'The photograph of Norman Lindsay -- whom Dupain frankly admired -- is from the first flurry of glamorous shots he took over the course of the 1930s.'

Sunbaker (1937) by Max DupainNational Gallery of Victoria

'Dupain's subject is a young man who lies 'sun-slain' on Culburra Beach in New South Wales, oblivious to anything but the heat on his wet back and the warmth of the sand below.'

Damien Parer (c. 1939) by Max DupainNational Portrait Gallery

'Damien Parer (1912--1944), photographer and filmmaker, became friends with Max Dupain in the 1930s, often taking photographs with him on excursions to the beach and bush.'

Keith Miller (early 1950s (printed 2008)) by Max DupainNational Portrait Gallery

'Dupain continued to operate his studio on Sydney's Lower North Shore until he died at the age of eighty-one.'

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