Olive COTTON, Fashion shot, Cronulla sandhills Enlarge 1 /1


Australia 1911 – 2003

Fashion shot, Cronulla sandhills 1937 Place made: Cronulla, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Creation Notes: printed 1988
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: Signed, recto, l.r., pencil, "Olive Cotton". Dated, recto, l.l., pencil "... 1937" Inscribed, recto, l.l., pencil "Fashion shot ..."
Dimensions: printed image 30.4 h x 38.5 w cm sheet 40.2 h x 48.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1988
Accession No: NGA 88.2296

As the studio assistant, Cotton accompanied Dupain on fashion shoots to attend to models, doing their make-up and helping with costume changes. She often used these opportunities to take her own photographs, including this wonderful image of Dupain photographing the model Noreen Hallard for David Jones. As well as producing a striking image of Dupain and Hallard at work, Cotton was interested in the landscape in which they operated, paying particular attention to the pattern created by their footsteps in the sand.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra