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Wolfgang Sievers

Author:   Ennis, Helen
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9780642276933


Pages:   196
Publication Date:   01 August 2011
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2012 ACT BOOK OF THE YEAR SHORTLIST

For Sievers, industry was beautiful, but goodness resided in the worker. Wolfgang Sievers represents an absolutely singular case in the whole history of photography.
Jorge Calado in Life Line (2000)

Wolfgang Sievers (1913-2007) fled Nazi Germany to make Australia his home in 1938. His European heritage, specifically his education in Berlin, were to shape his aesthetic response to his adopted country, where he excelled in the fields of architectural, industrial and mining photography.

Sievers documented the post-war boom in manufacturing and the working conditions of many Australians. Included in this book are images of industries now long gone, including Colortex Fabrics (chk) and the Bryant and May match factory. Sievers explored the individuality of particular workers and their role in the modern machine age, celebrating modernity and progress. He also evoked the beauty and excitement of the industrial forms that surrounded them in the days when technology was viewed as benevolent. His images constitute a unique body of work and are a window onto Australian history, culture and photography.

The images in this book are from the National Library of Australia’s Wolfgang Sievers Photographic Archive of 65,000 photographs.

Helen Ennis is one of Australia’s leading photographic historians and lectures in Art Theory at the Australian National University in Canberra. She is the author of many books including, for the National Library, Frank Hurley’s Antarctica.

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Author:   Ennis, Helen
ISBN:  

9780642276933


Pages:   196
Publication Date:   01 August 2011
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"The reproductions are very fine, and there is much satisfaction in studying them and appreciating his [Sievers's] great sense of modern design."

"He [Sievers] would be quietly satisfied to see the results. And he would be pleases with Helen Ennis's book, which speaks truly of the man and of his work."
"His [Sievers's] talent and appreciation of design, art and architecture inevitably turned any bread-and-butter shot into an insightful feast of dimension, shape and character. This month, the National Library of Australia released a soft-covered archive of his photographs that author Helen Ennis believes captures the spirit of the 'golden age' of modern Australia... As Sievers wrote of his own work in 1981: 'Of course, the subjects are often dull, but that is what makes the work so exciting. To take a dull subject and create a successful dramatic shot is what good industrial photography is all about.' Wannabe photographers should heed his [Sievers] words. He was a photographer ahead of his time."
"The National Library of Australia, which holds the Sievers' collection, has published this monograph by photographic historian Helen Ennis. It is a fitting tribute to an important artist. The works reproduced are a cross-section of his output, showing his strengths and weaknesses."
"Her [Ennis's] overriding aim, in compiling the biography, has been to showcase his [Sievers's] work in the best possible light, with an emphasis on his industrial images."
"The book is a pictorial delight, and a fascinating documentation of industrial heritage."
The book gives an outstanding insight into an era that, until recently, most of us considered our own.  The world is moving on, and already this is a valuable cultural, architectural and industrial record.  Its historical significance will increase with the passage of time.
Sievers's remarkable life is nicely related by author Helen Ennis, who also gives us fine insights into his photographic methods and aims.
You don't need to have been around during that time to appreciate this wonderful book.  It is full of gleaming silver tanks, soaring cranes, towering modern buildings, refineries, turbines, glistening piles of aluminium castings and trucks moving around hills of coal with gigantic conveyors angling overhead. Most of these beautifully composed images are in lustrous black and white, superbly reproduced from silver gelatin negatives or prints from the vast collection of Sievers' work held in the National Library...Sievers' remarkable life is nicely related by author Helen Ennis, who gives us fine insights into his photographic methods and aims, with an excellent, balanced summary of his legacy.

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John Clare - Sunday Age, 2011-12-08 11:15
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You don't need to have been around during that time to appreciate this wonderful book. It is full of gleaming silver tanks, soaring cranes, towering modern buildings, refineries, turbines,... Read More..


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John Clare - Sun Herald, 2011-12-08 11:00
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Sievers's remarkable life is nicely related by author Helen Ennis, who also gives us fine insights into his photographic methods and aims.


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