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Self portrait, 1937

Harold Cazneaux

gelatin silver photograph on paper (image/sheet: 20.0 cm x 14.7 cm)

Harold Cazneaux came to Australia from his native New Zealand at the age of 11. The family settled in Adelaide, where Harold began working as a retoucher in 1897. In 1904, he moved to Sydney and began work at Freeman’s studio; five years later he held his first solo exhibition, which was also the first solo photographic exhibition in Australia. In 1914 he won £100 in a competition organised by Kodak; he put the money toward the house in Roseville from which he was to work for most of his professional life. In 1916 he founded the Sydney Camera Circle. He was the leading photographer for the Home magazine from the early 1920s onward, and his photographs of Sydney over a number of decades have become key images of aspects of Australian history. He exhibited with the London Salon of Photography from 1911 and was elected a member of the Royal Photographic Society of Great Britain in 1937.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015

Accession number: 2015.74

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Artist and subject

Harold Cazneaux (age 59 in 1937)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

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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.

Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux
Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux
Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux
Ethel Turner, 1928 Harold Cazneaux

Moving in creative circles

Magazine article by Joanna Gilmour, 2008

Harold Cazneaux's portraits of influential Sydneysiders included Margaret Preston and Ethel Turner, both important figures in the development of ideas about Australian identity and culture.

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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.