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Sydney Ure Smith
, 1948

by Max Dupain

halftone gelatin silver photograph (sheet: 48.5 cm x 37.5 cm, image: 37.5 cm x 35.0 cm)

Sydney Ure Smith (1887-1949), publisher, was co-founder of the leading art journal Art in Australia (1916-1942) and produced the magazines The Home (1920-1942) and Australian National Journal. Through titles such as Bernard Smith's Place, Taste and Tradition (1945) his firm Ure Smith Pty Ltd played a strong part in shaping Australian cultural appreciation. Ure Smith was president of the Society of Artists for more than two decades, a foundation member of the Painters and Etchers Society, a trustee of the Art Gallery of NSW from 1922 to 1947 and a driving force behind the short-lived Australian Academy of Art.

Sydney based Max Dupain was a fine architectural photographer, but his beach photographs, such as The Sunbather and Form at Bondi, have become key images of Australian experience.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 1999
Accession number: 1999.4