Richard WOLDENDORP, Mount Newman, Iron ore train at Newman W.A. Enlarge 1 /1


Netherlands born 1927

  • Australia from 1951

Mount Newman, Iron ore train at Newman W.A. (1977) Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 37.0 h x 50.7 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the Philip Morris Arts Grant 1982
Accession No: NGA 83.2814
Image rights: © Richard Woldendorp

Woldendorp was aware of the limitations of a ground level viewpoint in the flat terrain of the outback. An assignment on the Mount Newman mine railway in the 1970s that involved shooting from a helicopter showed what he could do creatively from the air. His work gained in clarity with the use of powerful telephoto lenses which compacted the spatial planes whilst retaining the recognisable forms of the scene. In aerial work Woldendorp often chose to eliminate the horizon line, emphasising the powerful linear and planar forms of the landscape.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra