Australian Modern by Max Dupain

With a career spanning more than 50 years, Max Dupain is regarded as one of Australia’s most respected and influential black-and-white photographers. 

Max Dupain, Morning rush hour, Sydney Harbour Bridge 1938, black and white silver gelatin photograph. Printed by Jill White.
Max Dupain, Morning rush hour, Sydney Harbour Bridge 1938, black and white silver gelatin photograph.
Printed by Jill White.

Dupain pioneered a Modernist approach of high contrast, sharp focus, dramatic angles, and creative compositions, departing sharply from the sentimentality of soft focused and nostalgic post-colonialism.

This collection of over 60 original photographs hand printed by Jill White, records a bygone era of Australian society from the 1930s to 1980s. Amongst them are some of Australia’s most iconic images of beach culture, landscape, fashion, and the grand vistas and quiet moments of city life including the construction of the Sydney Opera House and powerful images of the new Sydney Harbour Bridge. Dupain’s work is an inspiration to any aspiring photographer or voyeur of culture.

Max Dupain, Sydney Opera House under construction (man with wire) 1962, black and white silver gelatin photograph. Printed by Jill White.
Max Dupain, Sydney Opera House under construction (man with wire) 1962,
black and white silver gelatin photograph. Printed by Jill White.

This project has been assisted by Jill White.

Jill White began her career as a photographer in the 1970s when she worked as a studio photographer, and manager, of the Max Dupain studio. This role continued until around the time of Dupain’s death in 1992 and  the Dupain Exhibition Negative Archive was bequeathed to Jill White with instructions to print, exhibit, publish, and sell his images.

Max Dupain, Bondi Beach Symmetry c1940s, black and white silver gelatin photograph. Printed by Jill White.
Max Dupain, Bondi Beach Symmetry c1940s, black and white silver gelatin photograph. Printed by Jill White.

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April

Head to the the National Maritime Museum in Darling Harbour, Sydney, to check out the winners and finalists from the 56th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition.

June

Adrian Cook's latest exhibition, SOME PICTURES, features a series of hand-printed silver gelatin prints and wet plate collodion images.