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2009/43/1-2 Photographic prints (98), mounted blow-ups, black and white (98) and colour (1), photographs by Bruno Benini and Norman Ikin (2), Italy and Melbourne and other locations in Victoria, Australia, 1955-1988. Click to enlarge.

Collection of mounted vintage photographs by Bruno Benini and Norman Ikin

Photographed
Born in Italy, Bruno Benini migrated to Australia with his parents in 1935, and established a career as a photographer during the 1950s. Along with Wolfgang Sievers, Mark Strizic, Henry Talbot, Helmut Newton and David Mist, he became one of a group of influential emigre commercial photographers working in post-war Australia. The Museum acquired his photographic archive in early 2009, and this series of vintage photographic prints form a core component of that archive.

The series includes …

Summary

Object No.

2009/43/1-2

Object Statement

Photographic prints (98), mounted blow-ups, black and white (98) and colour (1), photographs by Bruno Benini and Norman Ikin (2), Italy and Melbourne and other locations in Victoria, Australia, 1955-1988

Physical Description

Photographic prints (98), mounted blow-ups, black and white (98) and colour (1), photographs by Bruno Benini and Norman Ikin (2), Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1955-1988

This series of mounted vintage blow-up photographic prints includes personal, fashion and commercial work as well as portraiture and nudes.

Dimensions: most around 20inches x 24inches

Marks

Various hand written annotations on reverse.

Production

Photographed

Notes

Norman Ikin, a close friend of Bruno's took two of the photographs - portraits of Matcham Skipper's son.
Bruno Benini photographer with Hazel Benini working as a fashion stylist on several of the fashion photographs.

History

Notes

This objects are part of the Bruno Benini photography archive which was acquired by the Powerhouse Museum with the assistance of the Australian Government's National Cultural Heritage Account in 2009.

If Bruno Benini particularly liked a shot, he would make a print or as Hazel Benini recalled 'create a blow-up and then put it up on his studio wall'. The walls of the studio foyer were covered with these, mostly 20 x 24 inch, prints. Some of the prints were damaged over the years and thrown out, however many remain, with corner pin holes intact. These are those prints.

The Benini archive contains photographs showing how the prints were displayed.

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Harvard

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