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2008/100/1 Photographs (10), black and white, Australian Pavilion at New York World's Fair 1939, paper, photographed by Robert E Coates, New York City, New York, United States of America, for the architectural firm Stephenson & Turner, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1939. Click to enlarge.

Photographs of Australian Pavilion at New York World's Fair

Designed
New York photographer Robert E. Coates took this series of ten black and white photographs of the Australian Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1939. This was the first time that architects and designers collaborated to develop a pavilion that reflected the state of Australian modernism. Sydney architects, Stephenson & Turner, worked with graphic designer Douglas Annand to create a flowing, multi-level space that integrated sculpture, photography, murals and displays about flora, fauna …

Summary

Object No.

2008/100/1

Object Statement

Photographs (10), black and white, Australian Pavilion at New York World's Fair 1939, paper, photographed by Robert E Coates, New York City, New York, United States of America, for the architectural firm Stephenson & Turner, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1939

Physical Description

Photographs (10), Australian Pavilion at New York World's Fair 1939, photographed by Robert E Coates, New York City, New York, United States of America, for the architectural firm Stephenson & Turner, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1939

A series of ten black and white photographs, with borders, illustrating different views of the Australian Pavilion at the New York World's Fair, 1939. The photographs feature views of the travel, industrial and wool sections. Each photograph bears handwritten notes, a typed description and a stamp crediting the photographer on the reverse side.

Marks

A stamp reading 'PLEASE CREDIT / PHOTOGRAPH / ROBERT E. COATES / NEW YORK CITY' is on the back of the photograph.

Please see part records for more detail.

Dimensions

Height

280 mm

Width

355 mm

Production

Notes

New York photographer Robert E. Coates took this series of ten black and white photographs of the Australian Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1939. The images illustrate the combined work of Sydney architectural firm Stephenson & Turner and some of Australia's leading graphic designers, artists and photographers, including Douglas Annand, Adrian Feint, Dahl and Geoffrey Collings, Max Dupain, Russell Roberts and Margaret Preston. This was the first time that designers and artists collaborated to develop a pavilion that reflected the state of Australian modernism.

History

Notes

The photographs belonged to Tom O'Mahony (1914-2000) who worked as site architect for Stephenson & Turner, the Sydney architectural firm that designed the pavilion. In 1995, O'Mahony gave the photographs to Philip Goad, Professor of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne, who offered them in 2008 to the Powerhouse Museum.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Tom O'Mahony, 2008

Acquisition Date

20 May 2008

Cite this Object

Harvard

Photographs of Australian Pavilion at New York World's Fair 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 October 2021, <https://ma.as/379016>

Wikipedia

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