An image of Washing pattern, Woolloomooloo

Harold Cazneaux

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

Washing pattern, Woolloomooloo

20th & 21st c Australian art
Further information

In a 1910 article on urban photography for the journal ‘Australasian Photo-Review’, Cazneaux regretted the neglect of the city as a subject by his fellow photographers: ‘in a big city we have the humour and pathos of life, the ease or struggle for existence.’1 Sydney’s streets and lanes, harbour and markets were a recurrent subject of his work. Unlike his artist friends Lionel Lindsay and Sydney Ure Smith, who at the same time were recording picturesque elements of old Sydney in etchings and drawings, Cazneaux’s photographs are rarely documentary or topographical. As with ‘Washing pattern, Woolloomooloo’, they are frequently about light and form. Cazneaux believed, with other artists of his generation, that it was light which would eventually characterise a distinctive national art.

1. Cazneaux H 1910, ‘In and about the city with a hand-camera’, ‘Australasian Photo-Review’, 22 Aug p 426

© Art Gallery of New South Wales Photography Collection Handbook, 2007

circa 1910-1915
bromoil photograph
25.4 x 15.0 cm image/sheet
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of the Cazneaux family 1975
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