Max Dupain & John Witzig


50 years of Australian beach culture

28 Apr 2010 - 15 May 2010

Max Dupain
John Witzig

Considered one of Australia's most revered photographers, Max Dupain's reknowned beach images will, for the first time, be joined by Australian surfing photographer John Witzig in an historic exhibition that looks back at 50 years of Australia's beach culture.

Born in Sydney in 1911, Dupain's photographs define Australian beach culture and it was the beach that was the inspiration for his most famous and enduring images: Sunbaker (1939), At Newport (1952) and Bondi (1039). When it came to photography, Dupain's philosophy was about 'simplicity' and 'directness'. He remained an adherent of black and white photography, believing that colour was restricting in its objectivity, leaving little room for individual interpretation.

In the mid-1960s, John Witzig became the voice of Australian surf culture. Using an article in the magaine, 'Surfing World', he heralded a new era for Australian surfing. Witzig contended that a core group of Australian surfers had redefined the sport of suring by focusing on riding the wave, rather than riding the board. As a writer and photographer he continued to break new ground as editor of 'Surf International' and co-founder of 'Tracks' magazine.

Surf edge - 1940s
Max Dupain

At Newport
Max Dupain

Backs at Bondi - 1950s
Max Dupain

She'll be right mate - 1950s
Max Dupain

Central Coast, near Shoal Bay - 1978
Max Dupain

Banksias by the sea - 1939
Max Dupain

Beach watchers, Bondi - 1940s
Max Dupain

Nuns on Newport Beach - 1960
Max Dupain

Sunbaker - 1937
Max Dupain

Rescue and resuscitation I, Manly - 1940s
Max Dupain

Beach symmetry - 1940
Max Dupain

Manly shark tower II - 1940s
Max Dupain

Bondi - 1939
Max Dupain

Surf race start, Manly beach - 1940s
Max Dupain

Manly - 1940s
Max Dupain

Sharks at Bondi - 1950s
Max Dupain

Max Dupain
Max Dupain

Arcadia - 1969
John Witzig

Bells Beach - 1977
John Witzig

Bob McTavish at National Park - 1966
John Witzig

Bob McTavish and Garry Keyes, Yamba - c.1969
John Witzig

Bugs as a Biafran refugee - c.1977
John Witzig

Country soul - 1969
John Witzig

Freckles at Spooky - 1973
John Witzig

Fresh Mullet, Angourie - c.1972
John Witzig

Headless McTavish 1966
John Witzig

The locals at Angourie - 1970s
John Witzig

Margaret River lineup - c.1971
John Witzig

Bob McTavish and the '48 Holden, Noosa - 1966
John Witzig

Nat and the girls with Judy Trim’s Buick – 1972
John Witzig

Midget at Palm Beach - mid 1960s
John Witzig

A house at Torquay
John Witzig