THE ICONIC WORKS OF MAX DUPAIN
Max Dupain was Australia's most respected and influential black & white photographer of the 20th century. His images capture a long gone era in which Australian society was vastly different from what it is now. With his documentary eye his images exude quality and demonstrate Dupain's mastership of light and form.
Dupain was considered the pioneer of modernism in Australian photography, an approach that departed from the sentimentality of soft focused, nostalgic imagery to the simplified world of light contrasts, sharp focus, varying angles and creative compositions. The collection displayed in the on-line gallery represents this style, as well as compositions consistent with his work as a documentary photographer.
The images found in the galleries are available as digital fine art prints, and to a lesser extent, Limited Edition hand prints made from the original negatives made by Dupain. There are many more of Max's iconic images, from the exhibition archives, that are not displayed here. Enjoy browsing the galleries and appreciate the creative brilliance and skills of one of Australia's artistic icons.
Sunbaker 1937 – Australia’s most iconic beach image
The Sunbaker was Dupain's most iconic portrait and probably Australia's most iconic image representational of its beach culture. We have just released a remastered hand print that is the largest and highest quality Sunbaker print ever produced.
How? We used our hi-res digital file made from a scan of the original negative to produce an ultra-high resolution photographic negative film (produced in Los Angeles). At 10”x8” it’s a huge negative with a resolution of 60 pixels per millimetre with extremely smooth gradations, that is no “dots” as in inkjet output. The neg is used to produce a print using Ilford Silver Gelatin paper with selenium toning for archival stability. Beautiful print!
The print is framed using Tru Vue museum quality glass, made with an anti-reflective coating that has 1% reflectivity (compared with 8-12% for normal glass) and 98% UV rating. It appears that the print is not glassed yet it is protected by this leading edge framing glass
All up, probably the biggest (150cm wide) and highest quality hand print ever produced of a Dupain image. So if you are considering upgrading your old Sunbaker print, or acquiring a new one, then you might want to consider purchasing this amazing new production!