Australia 1911 – 1992
Early morning, Nadzab jungle
Collection Title: New Guinea Series, by Max Dupain. Sydney: the artist, 1944
Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Support: paper sheet
Edition: although the edition was limited to 12, it is unlikely more than this one was produced
In the face of Dupain’s decidedly utilitarian work for the Camouflage Unit, he maintained his own pictorial record of the landscapes and people he encountered during the Pacific war. His images record the absence of modernity found in places that were otherwise surrounded by a highly technological conflict. These images reflect Dupain’s engagement with the documentary mode, notably Grierson’s sense of documentary as ‘the creative treatment of actuality’.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra