Black and White Photography



I have always made snapshots, pictures of family and friends, signs and situations.  These snaps were and are mainly from 35mm negs, but there are a few from 120 negatives.  This work is now mainly with a screw mount Leica IIIc only two years younger than me, also in use is a tiny Rollei 35B.  These snapshots have acted as a vital foil to my real pictures with large cameras.

Untill 2017 these snapshots were photographed, then processed, filed, and ignored but never printed, apart from images transferred to the Artists Portraits.  It was during discussions with Julian Bowron, former Director at Bunbury Regiuonal Art Gallery about the content of John Austin Survery II, my second twenty four year survey show, that I started to consider the snapshots as real pictures in their own right.  A lot of forgotten material surfaced following discussions with Julian, from Bugis Street, Singapore in 1963 to the preparations for the survey show itself.  Many of the snapshots were forgotten artist portraits, subsequently printed larger as part of the Artist Portraits Portfolio.  The snapshots are continuing.


Cameras used were all of them, everything that will take a picture, DeJUR D3, Nikon F, Pentax S1, Rollei 35B, Rollei 2.8F, Alpa-Reflex 6c, Leica IIIc, Super-Ikonta 516, Contaflex Prima, everything.  All the films are represented, Agfa, Foma, Ilford and Kodak, but not Fuji or Shanghai, I have my standards, even for snapshots.  Development in ID11 or D76d, which is the same thing.

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 sizeses 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.

  • 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
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