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J. W. LINDT

Germany 1845 – , Australia 1926

  • Australia from 1862

(Studio portrait of a miner) c.1870-73 Description: Cat.No.181
Materials & Technique: photographs, albumen prints, albumen silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 18.7 h x 14.3 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.1585

After working as a piano-tuner and repairer, Lindt settled in Grafton, New South Wales where he learnt the craft of photography. He ran a successful studio, advertising that he would make ‘portraits of any size and style of the Art’. His album of photographs of Clarence River Aborigines soon brought him international fame. His studio portrait of a miner, kitted out with his swag, shows how Lindt was able to go beyond a straight documentary approach to produce portraits that display a fascinating blend of fact and fiction.


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