“Dealing with architecture brings me very close to the state of mind required to make pictures. A fine building embodies so many elements of practical and aesthetic content: design, function, form, texture, human scale, craftsmanship and context.”
(Lot 135) MAX DUPAIN, North Sydney from the MLC Building 1956, silver gelatin photograph, 40.5 x 50 cm
Max Dupain was among the most conspicuous of Sydney's photographers, capturing with his lens the rapidly growing and changing profile of the modern metropolis. In the course of a long life and career – one which extended over much of the twentieth century – Dupain witnessed the rise of the city's most iconic landmarks. Firstly, Sydney's Harbour Bridge, built between 1923 and 1932; and secondly, the protracted and contested construction of the Opera House which took sixteen years to finally bring to completion in 1973. Dupain regarded architecture to be the 'Mother of the Arts' and he remained dedicated to investigating and recording the shapes and forms which characterised his home city. Celebrated examples from this collection from the Estate of Max Dupain include Sydney from the South Pylon 1938, Street at Central 1938, and Sydney Opera House with Tillers 1972.
(Lot 153) MAX DUPAIN, Untitled (Opera House Under Construction with Crane in Forecourt), silver gelatin photograph, 22.5 x 31 cm
Although Dupain is best remembered for his representations of Sydney, this collection is also distinguished by the rare, yet equally striking street scenes from his travels, including the Opened and Closed Door Series, Paris 1978, Collins Street, Melbourne 1946, and Hobart Siestas 1947.