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Robin Boyd, 1970

Mark Strizic

gelatin silver photograph on paper (sheet: 36.8 cm x 25.2 cm)

Robin Boyd (1919-1971), architect, writer and social commentator, tried harder than anyone else to persuade Australia to embrace Modernism. Born in Melbourne into the famous Boyd family of artists and writers, he designed his first houses in the late 1940s, and published Victorian Modern in 1947. Becoming noted for his remarkable domestic houses, Boyd was the Director of the Royal Victorian Institute of Architects Small Homes Service from 1947 to 1953. During this period he wrote weekly articles on architecture for the Age. In 1956 Walter Gropius invited him to take a teaching position in Boston, but he returned to Australia a few years later. Boyd's best-known book, Australian Ugliness, was published in 1960. A Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, in 1969 he was awarded the RAIA Gold Medal. The Institute's annual national domestic architecture award is named in his honour.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased with funds provided by Sir Roderick Carnegie 2003
© Estate of Mark Strizic

Accession number: 2003.133

Currently on display: Gallery Six (Tim Fairfax Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Mark Strizic (age 42 in 1970)

Robin Gerard Penleigh Boyd (age 51 in 1970)

Subject professions

Architecture, design and fashion

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The Companion

Permanent collection catalogue

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On one level The Companion talks about the most famous and frontline Australians, but on another it tells us about ourselves: who we read, who we watch, who we listen to, who we cheer for, who we aspire to be, and who we'll never forget. The Companion is available to buy online and in the Portrait Gallery Store.

Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic
Mark McManus as Will by Mark Strizic

In and out of focus

Magazine article by Gael Newton, 2017

Gael Newton looks at Australian photography, film and the sixties through the novel lens of Mark Strizic.

Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic
Clifton Pugh and John Olsen, Dunmoochin, 1969 Mark Strizic

Poet of the Fleeting Moment

Magazine article by Simon Elliott, 2004

Mark Strizic's work crosses a broad spectrum of photographic fields including urban, industrial, commercial, and architectural photography. 

Sir Ian Potter, 1968 Mark Strizic
Sir Ian Potter, 1968 Mark Strizic
Sir Ian Potter, 1968 Mark Strizic
Sir Ian Potter, 1968 Mark Strizic

Mark Strizic

A Journey in Photography

Previous exhibition, 2004

This exhibition traces the creative output of nearly 50 years by one of Australia's landmark living photographers.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.