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Max Dupain

1911 – 1992

Max Dupain OBE set up his studio in Sydney in 1934. Through the 1930s he took portraits and advertising shots, photographed ballet dancers and musicians for the ABC and gained exposure in the lifestyle magazine The Home. In the 1950s he turned increasingly to architectural photography, collaborating in particular with architects Samuel Lipson, Sydney Ancher and Harry Seidler. From 1958 to 1973 he documented the construction of the Sydney Opera House. During the same period he began photographing historic properties for the National Trust, and recorded Canberra's new buildings for the NCDC. In 1975 the Australian Centre for Photography mounted the touring exhibition Max Dupain - A Retrospective 1930-1975. This show brought Dupain's name to the attention of the wider public, and turned The Sunbaker, taken nearly 40 years earlier, into a definitive Australian image. Dupain continued to operate his studio on Sydney's Lower North Shore until he died at the age of 81.

Updated 2011