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  • Title
    Max Dupain and Associates records and negative archive, 1905-2011
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  • Physical Description
    Approximately 250,000 negatives, transparencies, and photographs
    Approximately 3 metres of textual material
    3 Rotadex

    Max Dupain (1911-1992) formed Max Dupain and Associates (MD&A) in 1941 when he went into partnership with photo-engraving firm Hartland & Hyde. With Hartland & Hyde managing the financial side, the partnership continued until 1991.

    Following service in the Second World War, and commissions from the Department of Information (1945-1947), Dupain focused on architectural and industrial photography, with the company also receiving commissions for portrait, fashion and advertising photography.

    MD&A employed a number of photographers and assistants over the years including Tom Balfour, Bert Brown, Olive Cotton (managed the studio 1941-1945), Jill Crossley, Patrick Crowe, Kerry Dundas, John Garth, Diane Graham, Jennifer Humphries, Clive Kane, David Moore (1948-1951), John Seymour, Eric Sierins, Jill White and John Yates. Other photographers credited in the collection but who did not necessarily work as an employee of MD&A include Stan Benson, Peter Cain, Dick Chepey, John Gollings, Marcell Seidler and Wolfgang Sievers.

    Commissions were mostly received over the phone and entered into day books, some of which (1976-1992) are contained in Sub-fonds 1: Max Dupain and Associates records. As was common for the period, commissions were not put in writing and were a verbal agreement.

    In 1941 Dupain moved studios from 24 Bond Street, to 49 Clarence Street in Sydney's CBD. This building was occupied by a number of creative businesses including Hartland & Hyde. In 1971 the studio moved to premises in Campbell Street, then in 1991 to Reserve Road, in Artarmon.
  • Collection history
    After his death in 1992, Dupain left equal shares in the company to his widow Diana Dupain, his long-time assistant Jill White, and his assistant photographer in the last years of his life, Eric Sierins. Sierins continued the business as the sole employee between 1992-2011, providing photographic services and images from the company's archive. The Library wholly acquired the archive in 2011.
  • Scope and Content
    Sub-fonds 1: Max Dupain and Associates records

    Sub-fonds 2: Max Dupain and Associates negatives and transparencies

    Sub-fonds 3: Max Dupain and Associates printing proofs and work prints
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