Max DUPAIN, Bondi Enlarge 1 /1


Australia 1911 – 1992

Bondi 1939 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Creation Notes: printed 1970s
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 30.4 h x 29.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1976
Accession No: NGA 76.55

Dupain was one of the first Australian photographers to embrace Modernism. The simplicity of form and unusually low vantage point of this picture reflect the influence of German photography that he saw in the journal Das Deutsche Lichtbild. At first Dupain preferred another version of the image; when it was published in 1948, the photograph shows the woman standing with her arms folded. Here, she leans toward the man, their bodies slightly overlapping. Standing parallel to the picture plane, their bodies and those of the young men at their sides form a pyramid – one of Dupain’s preferred forms at this time.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra