Black and White Photography



I have always made snapshots, pictures of family and friends, signs and situations.  In this collection the main portfolios are sometimes referred to, but in general the mass is reduced to fragments, each fragment telling its own small story.

Exhibiton History

Before 2017 these snapshots were filed and forgotten.  They were rarely printed apart from the images transferred to the Artists Portraits Portfolio.  During discussions in early 2017 with Julian Bowron, former Director at Bunbury Regiuonal Art Gallery, about the content of John Austin Survery II I started to consider the snapshots for a portfolio in their own right.  A lot of forgotten material surfaced following these discussions and neg-hoard delving, from Bugis Street, Singapore in 1963, to South Yemen in 1967, to the preparations for the survey show itself.  The snapshots are continuing.


During the preparation of the 2017 John Austin Survey II exhibition I decided on a printed image size of 7 x 11.5" image size.for the snapshots on Fomabrom Variant.  Size selection took a lot of thought and I considered sizes from 5 x 7" to 12 x 16".  I almost settled on 10x8" paper, but ended up using 9½ x 12" for the 7¼ x 11" image size.  Printing for the snapshots is undertaken with the same level of care as my other prints.

Cameras used were all of them, everything, Zeiss Contax II, Nikon F, Pentax, Rollei 35, Rollei TLR, Alpa-Reflex, Leica, Super-Ikonta 516, Contaflex, everything.  All four film manufacturers are represented, Agfa, Foma, Ilford and Kodak..  Development in ID11 or D76d, which is the same thing.  Now the snaps are made with either a Rollei 35B or a Leica IIIc with 35mm lens on Foma 400 at 160asa.  160asa is Foma 400's real real film speed based on threashold density of 0.1 above film base plus fog and nine minutes in my D76 made up in May 1985 and replenished ever since.  Nine minutes in my ancient D76d is what all my films get, if the film does not like that I abandon that film.

  • Snapshots
Catching Fish, Burrup Peninsula, 1987 - © John Austin Linhof Camera, Waychinicup, 2013 - © John Austin Bronwyn, Denmark, 2013 - © John Austin Alana Washing, Fremantle 1992 - © John Austin Bob Hewitt, Fremantle, FotoFreo, 2002 - © John Austin Grub, Bather's Beach, Fremantle, 2011  - © John Austin
Clifton Cafe, Bunbury, 2017 - © John Austin Gary Aitken, Alcoa Gallery, Mandurah, 2018 - © John Austin Rae Starr, Parry Beach, - © John Austin Anoush, Fremantle, 1986 - © John Austin Old Dunny, Quinninup, 2014 - © John Austin Rae looking at pinhole neg', Quinninup, 2011 - © John Austin
Rae stealing Christmas Tree, Grub keeping guard, Quinninup, 2011 - © John Austin Crystal, Fremantle, 2011 - © John Austin Donna placing labels for my survey show, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery, 2017 - © John Austin Rae wih Rae in Mural, Manjimup 2014 - © John Austin Raer in Butter Factory Gallery, Denmark, 2014 - © John Austin
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