The front cover of the book 'Harold Cazneaux'.
National Library of Australia

[Cazneaux’s] work is what matters, its place in the history of Australian photography and its influence on past, present and future generations of photographers.
- Max Dupain, 1978

Harold Cazneaux (1878–1953) is widely considered the greatest Australian photographer of the early 20th century. In portraiture, architectural and industrial photography, landscapes and documentary work, he showed versatility, great imagination and technical mastery, and inspired the next generation of Australian photographers. In 1978, Max Dupain penned a thoughtful appreciation of ‘Caz’ and selected the images reproduced in this new title.

The Cazneaux collection at the National Library comprises 272 exhibition prints, 200 working photographs and about 4,300 glass negatives, dating from roughly 1904 to 1940.

This title showcases 80 of Cazneaux's stunning images and is accompanied by an appreciation letter written by Max Dupain and a biography of Cazneaux from Alec Bolton.

The Artists of the National Library of Australia book series showcases the Library’s extensive Pictures Collection.