Leonard Joel

The Sydney Morning Herald Vintage Photographic Archive Collection


Surf Sirens
Silver gelatin photograph
20.3 x 48cm

The Sydney Morning Herald Vintage Photographic Archive Collection

Leonard Joel is pleased to present The Sydney Morning Herald Vintage Photographic Archive Collection, an online auction from
28 November –  4 December.

The auction offers a rare opportunity to acquire works by some of Australia’s most celebrated photographers such as Harold Cazneaux, Max Dupain, David Moore, Wolfgang Sievers, Jeff Carter, Olive Cotton and Carol Jerrems.

The auction celebrates the social, economic, architectural and industrial development of twentieth-century Australia through the thoughtful selection of approximately 350 lots. We witness the early development of Sydney’s urban environment, notably the Harbour Bridge and George and Castlereagh Streets. Through the works of Dupain and Moore, we are inspired to see formal elegance in Sydney’s architecture. Through the lens of artists such as Sievers, we see the aestheticisation of the heavy industrialisation and through the candour and deceptive simplicity of Carter’s photography, we glimpse insights into rural and outback Australia.

The Sydney Morning Herald Vintage Archives collection comprised over two million photographs, purchased by Daniel Miller, the owner of Duncan Miller Gallery in Los Angeles. The archive’s diversity of the famous as well the forgotten, lesser and unknown makers yields the humble, surprising and the marvellous.

Hamish Clark
Head of Sydney Office

Online Sydney Auction Wednesday 5 December, 10am
Please note that this is an online auction. Bidding will open on 28 November and close on 5 December, from 10am.

Sydney Viewing
The Bond, 36-40 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2025
28 November – 4 December, 10am-4pm

Hamish Clark
Head of Sydney Office
02 9362 9045

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