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Max Dupain on Assignment Qld

Event Information

  • 4 Mar 2010 1:30pm - 15 May 2010 2:30pm
  • Cairns Regional Gallery, Abbott St
  • Cairns
  • Queensland
Other Information
  • Cost: Adults $5, children up to 16 yrs are free.

Max Dupain (1911–92) is widely considered to be one of Australia’s greatest photographers. The National Archives of Australia and the Noel Butlin Archives Centre at the Australian National University are fortunate to hold in their collections some of the best examples of his commercial work, a selection of which is presented in this exhibition.

Reflecting the documentary style for which he was famous, Dupain’s photographs of Australia after World War II are important records of a changing society. Most of the images in this exhibition were taken by Dupain while on assignment for the Australian Government and were used to promote Australia to domestic and international audiences. Also featured are photographs taken by Dupain over many years for one of his earliest clients, CSR Limited (then known as the Colonial Sugar Refining Company Limited).

Dupain’s photographs evoke a strong sense of time and place, from the capital cities and rural scenes he captured in the 1940s and 1950s, to the striking images of architecture and industry he produced in the 1960s and 1970s. This exhibition showcases the diversity and longevity of Dupain’s commercial career, tracing his development as a photographer and artist during this time.

A Touring Exhibition from the National Archives of Australia.

EXHIBITION LAUNCH is Friday 5 March – 6.30pm