An image of Ceiling, stairway and lift shaft in old CSR head office

Max Dupain

(Australia 22 Apr 1911 – 27 Jul 1992)

Ceiling, stairway and lift shaft in old CSR head office

Other titles:
Untitled (ceiling, stairway and lift shaft in old head office building)
Not on display
Further information

Max Dupain began to specialise in architectural photography in the late 1940s, having already built his reputation as a photographer working with fashion, commercial still life and portraiture. The aesthetic concerns of modernist architecture resonated with Dupain’s visual syntax. His use of dramatic lighting to delineate space and his penchant for cropped frames and canted angles (as in this photograph of the stairway in the CSR head office) amplified the formal features of his architectural subjects.

Dupain developed professional relationships with many architects including Glenn Murcutt, Philip Cox, Daryl Jackson, Jørn Utzon and Harry Seidler and his work came to define the way Australian modernist architecture was represented and disseminated. Discussing the importance of his relationship with Seidler in 1976, Dupain acknowledged the way his stylistic sensibility was shaped and informed by modern architecture: ‘Through Harry I have learned a lot: the stark form, the abstract form, the functional form, Bauhaus all over with the pictorial response uppermost.’

printed 1983
gelatin silver photograph
39.0 x 49.7 cm image/sheet
Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. image, pencil "Max Dupain '60".

CSR Photography Project Collection - Bicentennial Gift of CSR Limited 1988
Accession number
© Max Dupain, 1960. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney