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Soul of a City: Modernism and Sydney Photography 1930 – 1950

Olive Cotton, EO Hoppé, Max Dupain, David Moore, Harold Cazneaux
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The years between the Depression and Menzies were a defining period in Australian photography. This exhibition includes vintage prints of breakthrough images by Max Dupain, Olive Cotton and David Moore and rare prints by Harold Cazneaux, on loan from the Corrigan Collection. 

Forging a modernist aesthetic inspired by international movements but grounded in Sydney, the 1930s photographs exude sensuality, confidence and optimism. In the 1940s, the spectacle of the city and postwar realities are immortalised in Moore’s early forays into the street. These foreshadowed his later, influential photojournalism. 

The exhibition is prefaced by a series of images taken in Sydney by one of the most famous photographers of the 1920s, EO Hoppe. In 1930, he came to Australia and spent a year documenting the country coast-to-coast. A counterpoint is the vernacular photography of the time, represented by Sam Hood. His freelance press images document the fallout from the Depression and the hard labour involved in building the modern city.  

Lenders to the exhibition: Pat Corrigan and Josef Lebovic Gallery. Curated by Catherine Benz.

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