Max Dupain is one of Australia's most revered photographers. His work has
been collected by most of the major galleries around Australia and as well by
private collectors world-wide.
Born in Sydney in 1911, he lived there all his life, photographing the city
from the late 1930s through to just before his death in 1992. There were a
few sojourns to other countries, Paris in 1988 to photograph the Seidler
Australian Embassy but mostly he was interested in photographing the
architecture, the landscape, the beaches and the cities of Australia.
For many Australians, Dupain's photographs define beach culture, and it was
the beach that was the inspiration for his most famous and enduring
images. The Sunbaker, At Newport and Bondi all capturing that decisive
However, it was not just the beach and Sydney that held his attention.
Beginning in the mid thirties, Dupain took on most genres - portraits, nudes,
still life and in particular, architecture. It was the latter in which his
dramatically lighted portrayals expressed the abstract qualities, emphasising
the simple shapes and design of a structure.
Dupain's philosophy could be summed up in two words, simplicity and
directness. With this in mind, Dupain remained an adherent of black and
white photography. He felt that colour was restricting in its objectivity
and that nothing was left for individual interpretation. He continued to
photograph until a few months before his death in July, 1992.