The period after World War II saw several determined professional photographers fight to change perceptions about their medium. Laurence Le Guay, as editor of Contemporary Photography (1946-1950) was instrumental in the development of a style of photography that reacted against romantic Pictorialism. This new emphasis on 'Naturalism' was influenced by the aesthetic of Documentary photography, but was used in a wide range of photographic areas including commercial photography.
Chapter 1 'Documentary and Pictorialism'
Chapter 2 'Contemporary Photography Magazine'
Chapter 3 'The Influence of Commercial Photography and Photojournalism'
Thank you to:
My Thesis Supervisor, Professor Terry Smith, for his comments and suggestions; David Moore for being very helpful and enthusiastic;
Gael Newton, Curator of Australian Photography at the National Gallery of Australia; The staff in the N. G. A. Research Library;
The staff in the Power Research Library; Candy Le Guay (daughter of Laurence Le Guay).
f = folio number in artists files p/pp = page/pages CP = Contemporary Photography
A.P.-R. ^Australasian Photo.-Review NGA = National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
AGNSW = An Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney AWC = Allied Works Council DOI = Department of Infonnation
FSA = Farm Security Administration CCC = Civil Construction Corps
All illustrations are black and white photographs, unless otherwise stated. Many of the illustrations exist as reproductions in magazines, and consequently there is no information provided about the dimensions of the images, the year printed, or the collection. In these cases, only the magazine information is cited.