An image of Sydney Bridge

Harold Cazneaux

(New Zealand, Australia 30 Mar 1878 – 19 Jun 1953)

Sydney Bridge

Other titles:
Bridge pattern, Arch of steel
Not on display
Further information

It was in Sydney that New Zealand-born, Adelaide-trained Cazneaux ultimately made the photographs on which his high historical reputation is justifiably based. His personal vision helped to shape a nation's understanding of itself in the first half of the twentieth century. Emerging from the poetics of the pictorialist tradition, Cazneaux nonetheless admired, and imitated, the racier, more hard-edged themes of modernist photography. His interest in contemporary European photography, especially that of the German Weimar Republic, confirmed his subject matter as urban, industrial and documentary. The building of the Sydney Harbour Bridge provided him with a project perfectly formed for his artistic needs. Here, in but one of many superlative examples, Cazneaux contrasts the uncompromisingly mechanistic structure with a subtle tracery of light and shadow.

Art Gallery Handbook, 1999.

circa 1934
gelatin silver photograph
29.7 x 21.5 cm image/sheet; 35.9 x 27.4 cm card
Signature & date

Signed l.r. card, pencil "H Cazneaux" and u.c. verso card, pencil ".../ H Cazneaux". Not dated.

Gift of the Cazneaux family 1975
Accession number