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March 7, 2021

Life of Australia in the Early 20th Century Through Harold Cazneaux’s Lens

Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Harold Cazneaux (1878-1953) was an Australian pictorialist photographer; a pioneer whose style had an indelible impact on the development of Australian photographic history.

Life of Australia in the early 20th century taken by Harold Cazneaux

In 1916, Cazneaux was a founding member of the Pictorialist Sydney Camera Circle. As a regular participator in national and international exhibitions, Cazneaux was unfaltering in his desire to contribute to the discussion about the photography of his times. He created some of the most memorable images of the early twentieth century.

These amazing photos are part of his work that Cazneaux documented everyday life of Australia from between the 1900s and 1930s.

Cabbies, Bridge Street, Sydney, 1904

Untitled (hurrying figures in Martin Place), circa 1904

Lighting up, Albion Street, Surry Hills, 1906

Paddy's Market, 1906

Evening falls, circa 1908

Mountain scene, Katoomba, 1908

Untitled (early interior with seated woman), circa 1908

Evening falls, Circular Quay, 1909

Untitled (rear of house - Trinity Road), circa 1909

Beachcombers, circa 1910

Bound east, 1910

Flower seller, Macquarie Place, circa 1910s

Lane in Redfern, circa 1910

Martin Place, wet day, circa 1910s

Razzle Dazzle, 1910

Silver and grey, Circular Quay, pre 1910

Spring Street, Sydney looking into Pitt Street, circa 1910

The Old Treasury building, circa 1910

Wharfies, Circular Quay, 1910

A Surry Hills alleyway, 1911

Albion Street, Surry Hills, 1911

Argyle Cut (looking west), circa 1912

Getting ready for bed, 1914

Guillaux Aloft, 1914

Pavement artist, 1914

Surry Hills, 1914

Washing pattern, Woolloomooloo, circa 1910-15

Boys with hose, fire at Redfern, 1919

A by-way to Pitt street, circa 1920s

Model at studio door, Springwood, circa 1920

Old High School, Castlereagh St, circa 1920

Woolloomooloo Bay, circa 1920s

The Canyon, Martin Place, 1925

Untitled (HMS Renown taken from Kurraba Point, Sydney Harbour at the time of the visit of the Duke and Duchess of York), 1927

Demolition, 1928

Beach scene, Bondi, circa 1929

Sydney surfing, 1929

The wheel of youth, 1929

Life class, The Sydney Art School, 1931

The surf wheel, 1931

Mail time, circa 1932

Darlinghurst Rd, 1933

Steam and sunshine, Newcastle BHP, 1934

Sydney Bridge, circa 1934

34 The Crossing, Frensham School, Mittagong, 1934

(Photo © Harold Cazneaux)


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