Max DUPAIN, Soldiers bathing - Nimadao River, Goodenough Island Enlarge 1 /1


Australia 1911 – 1992

Soldiers bathing - Nimadao River, Goodenough Island 1944 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 40.2 h x 48.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1982
Accession No: NGA 82.1125

Between 1943–45, Dupain worked with the Department of Home Security’s Camouflage Unit, where he used photography, including aerial photography, to help develop camouflage systems most often for use by the Royal Australian Air Force. He was one of a number of artists and photographers (including Frank Hinder and Douglas Annand) commissioned to experiment with the application of light and shade on aircraft and tanks. In 1942 he went to New Guinea and the Admiralty Islands as a camouflage expert, photographing the camouflage work undertaken by the RAAF and by US forces also in the area.

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