The work of Max Dupain

August 06, 2014

Australian modernist photographer Max Dupain spent his career in Sydney and created a dazzling array of nudes, still lives, and architectural photographs. In the 1980’s he photographed a series of botanical still lives which showcase Dupain’s aesthetic in the studio. The quality of light mimics his landscape pictures - sometimes harsh and surreal, with dream-like subjects and shapes.

Working primarily in advertising and promotions, Dupain was eventually recognized in the 1970’s for his artistic vision. He is most known for his images of beaches and was very invested in the people and bustle of Sydney, saying "Modern photography must do more than entertain, it must incite thought and by its clear statements of actuality, cultivate a sympathetic understanding of men and women and the life they live and create."

text by Linnea Stephan