Harold Cazneaux – BHP Industrial Photography 1930s

Harold Cazneaux (1878 – 1953) was a pioneering Australian photographer renowned for his modernist style.  He was commissioned by BHP to photograph their steelwork plants throughout Australia.  Allowed more than a year to shoot the Newcastle and Whyalla plants, the brief given was to take the photos however you pleased! –  Do these projects still exist???  If so I know a great photographer who is available!!

The BHP images demonstrate his ability to use light and steam to capture atmosphere and softness in an otherwise harsh industrial environment.  Here are some of my favourites…

Pouring steel, B.H.P 1934

Pouring steel, B.H.P 1934 Source: imgur.com

Pouring steel, Newcastle B.H.P.

Pouring steel, Newcastle B.H.P. Source: artgallerynsw.gov.au

Source: Art Gallery of New South Wales

The Mountain of iron, Whyalla B.H.P. Source: Art Gallery of New South Wales



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