Exhibition

Through a different lens

Cazneaux by the water

Sydney Harbour scenes: boy on a raft by Harold Cazneaux, 1905. ANMM Collection. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Anne Christoffersen, in memory of the artist. ANMM Collection 00054641.

Enter the world of photographer Harold Cazneaux, 100 years ago.

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  • 2 September 2016 – 5 February 2017

    Photographer Harold Cazneaux (1878-1953) is a giant in the history of Australian photography. 

    In the early 1900s he became a passionate advocate for photography as art rather than a mechanical recording process. 

    This exhibition of more than 50 original works presents a new dimension to Cazneaux's work, reflecting how the water and Sydney Harbour offered him a space to explore mood, light, atmosphere and life in his signature pictorial photographic style.


    Image: Sydney Harbour scenes: boy on a raft by Harold Cazneaux, 1905. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Anne Christoffersen, in memory of the artist. ANMM Collection 00054641.

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    Open daily, 9.30am–5pm, from 2 September

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    Interested in learning more? Read a review of the exhibition by Christopher Allen in The Australian.

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    Detail from The Picture Hunter, 1934, gelatin silver print. Image: Dr Sir Julian Smith  / Reproduced courtesy the Cazneaux family.Details from World War I war ships at Garden Island awaiting demolition, 1922. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Anne Christoffersen, in memory of the artist. ANMM Collection 00054634.Detail from Sydney Harbour scenes: two boys on a raft by Harold Cazneaux, 1905. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program by Anne Christoffersen, in memory of the artist. ANMM Collection 00054642.Detail from Sydney Surfing series, 1929. ANMM Collection 00054643.Detail from Study in curves, 1931. ANMM Collection 00054649.Detail from Wharfies at Circular Quay, 1910. ANMM Collection 00054655.