Max Dupain’s entire photographic collection now in NSW State Library

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

The State Library of NSW is now the proud custodian of Max Dupain’s entire body of work, having just acquired the famous Australian photographer’s extraordinary personal collection containing his most iconic images – including The Sunbaker and Bondi, 1939 ‐ as well as many never seen by the public!

“This stunning collection, known as the Max Dupain Exhibition Negative Archive, includes over 28,000 works spanning an illustrious 60 year career, and is arguably the nation’s most historically important photographic record of the mid to late 20th century,” according to NSW State Librarian & Chief Executive, Alex Byrne.

The exhibition archive joins the Max Dupain & Associates archive of architectural and commercial photography (approx. (155,000 images), as well as studio portraits and Dupain’s collection on the Ballet Russes, given to the Library after the photographer’s death in 1992.

“Max Dupain is well known for his bold and uber‐modernist beach, architecture and advertising images, however it is not as well known that he took his camera and keen eye into many regional towns and suburbs of Australia,” says Dr Byrne.

The State Library acquired the Max Dupain Exhibition Archive from Jill White, Dupain’s most trusted and long serving studio manager, having worked closely with him from 1958 to 1961, and then from 1970 until his death. It concentrates on the decades of the 1930s, 40s and 50s, when Dupain was at the height of his creative powers.

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