Pictorialism to Modernism
Australian Photographers from the 20th Century

Laurence Le Guay (1917-1990)
Le Guay began work in 1935 at the Dayne portrait studio before setting up set up his own studio in 1938, and became a member of the Sydney Camera Circle. He saw war service as a RAAF photographer, and re-established his studio with John Nisbett in 1946, developing and maintaining a reputation as the leading fashion and illustration studio as well as founding Contemporary Photography magazine, and travelling to Central Australia, New Guinea, and Antarctica in the 1940s.

100 Pope Pius Blessing...
...American Soldiers in the Vatican, 1943/later printing. Silver gelatin print, signed, titled and studio stamp verso, 36.7 x 28.4cm. Old creases to edges and across centre.
JLG3530


$4,400
101 (Ballerina in Landscape)
1947. Silver gelatin print, signed lower right on image, 30.1 x 25cm. Small crease lower left corner. Framed. JLG3542

$2,800
102 No.2 Nude
c1949. Toned silver gelatin print, signed below on backing, stamped and titled verso, 47.4 x 38.8cm. Laid down on original backing. JLG3514
Provenance: Max Dupain estate.

$3,900
103 New Guinea Couple
c1955/later printing. Silver gelatin print, posthumous estate stamp verso, 36.7 x 28.9cm. JLG3529
Le Guay was commissioned by Sir Edward Halstrom to visit New Guinea. Illustrated in "The Family of Man", E Steichen, Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1955, page 8.

$4,400
104 (Water Drops)
1960s. Silver gelatin print, posthumous estate stamp verso, 48.8 x 36.9cm. Slight foxing, crinkles and rubbing to margins. JLG3536

$1,650
105 (Beach Motorbike)
1960s. Silver gelatin print, signed, posthumous estate stamp verso, 49 x 39.2cm. Laid down, crinkled corner, slight surface dirt. JLG3537

$2,200
106 (Circle of Light)
1960s. Silver gelatin print, posthumous estate stamp verso, 29.4 x 29.6cm. Minor indentations upper right corner. JLG3532

$1,100
107 (Fashion Shot)
1960s. Silver gelatin print, posthumous estate stamp verso, 29.8 x 24.2cm. JLG3531

$1,100
108 (Future Fashion)
1960s. Silver gelatin print, posthumous estate stamp verso, 44.6 x 40.1cm. Laid down, crinkled corner, minor indentations. JLG3538

$2,200
109 (Quintet of Bikinis)
1960s. Silver gelatin print, post-humous estate stamp verso, 29.2 x 22.4cm. JLG3534

$1,350
110 (Shadow Figure)
1960s. Silver gelatin print, posthumous estate stamp verso, 28.4 x 24.4cm. Old crinkles around edges. JLG3533

$1,350
111 Tahitians
1964. Silver gelatin print, titled, signed and posthumous estate stamp verso, 24.9 x 27cm. JLG3528
Illustrated in "Last Days of Paradise", G Farwell, Rigby, Sydney, 1964, cover.

$1,850
112 (Sundown, Sydney Harbour from the Air)
1966. Silver gelatin print, posthumous estate stamp verso, 20.1 x 25.9cm. Crinkles around edges. JLG3535

$1,650