Max Dupain and La Perouse: The Caltex Story

Fri 4 Dec 2020 - Sun 14 Mar 2021

Community Galleries, La Perouse Museum
1542 Anzac Parade, La Perouse

Iconic Australian photographer Max Dupain was commissioned by Caltex in the 1950s to create a portfolio capturing Kurnell and La Perouse. Explore this series of black and white photographs, and compare it to the La Perouse you know today.

Free admission

PLEASE NOTE: This exhibition will be closed from Friday 26 February to Sunday 28 February for a private community event. It will reopen Wednesday 2 March. We apologise for any inconvenience.

Max Dupain was famous for his uber-modern, bold, almost heroic images of Australia's landscapes and architecture. But he was also a commercial enterprise and undertook assignments from both civic and commercial patrons.

This series of photographs is sourced from the collection of State Library of NSW, and dates from c. 1953. The exhibition features striking images of La Perouse; its people, the environs and buildings. Some images are pragmatic and documentary, yet others are more evocative, capturing fleeting moments in time.

Rediscover what has been lost, and what still stands at La Perouse through Dupain’s distinctive lens.

Images from State Library of New South Wales (image above from Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales).

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