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2011/59/1-1 Camera, 'Linhof Technika', metal / plastic / glass, made by Linhof, Germany, c. 1959, used by Max Dupain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1959-1980s. Click to enlarge.

'Linhof Technika' camera used by Max Dupain

This Linhof Technika bellows camera and accessories were owned and used by Max Dupain, one of Australia's most notable modern architectural photographers. Dupain began using the camera in 1959, whereupon it quickly become his 'go to' camera for architectural photography, and he continued using it through until the 1980s. Dupain is known, amongst other things, for his documentary photography of the Sydney Opera House and workers during its construction from 1959-1973.

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Object Statement

Camera, 'Linhof Technika', metal / plastic / glass, made by Linhof, Germany, c. 1959, used by Max Dupain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1959-1980s

Physical Description

Linhof Technika camera with attached Schneider 127mm lens (Serial Number 2360420) and black plastic metal lens hood with ultraviolet lens filter inserted. The camera also comes with a silver metal cable release, a black plastic Leica lens cap and an aluminium sports finder.



273 mm


212 mm


254 mm



This camera was made by Linhof Präzisions-Systemtechnik GmbH in Germany, c.1959. The accessories were made by various makers including Kodak Pty Ltd, Sangamo Weston Ltd and Dallan.

Linhof began manufacturing the Technika from around 1950, though earlier models were being made from the early 20th century. The cameras were distributed around the world and became popular with many prominent photographers of the era.



This camera and accessories belonged to Sydney-based photographer, Max Dupain (1911-1992). The camera was acquired from the Max Dupain studio when Dupain downsized and moved his studio into the L&P Photographics Building at 96 Reserve Road, Artarmon. Dupain used this camera for many years, mainly for architectural photography.

The Linhof Technika used single sheet 4 x 5 inch negatives loaded into cartridges at the back of the camera. At the time, because of the slow shutter speed, models had to remain very still when being photographed. By the end of the decade, this all changed when smaller roll film (medium format 2 1/4" x 2 1/4") cameras with faster shutter speeds began replacing the larger format Linhof Technika. Generally though, it appears to have been a sturdy, versatile and comparatively easy camera to use.

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'Linhof Technika' camera used by Max Dupain 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 22 June 2021, <https://ma.as/430169>


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