(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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