Black and White Photography

Artists Portraits 1981-2020

These pictures were often made as snapshots while John Austin was documenting artists work for catalogues, books and records. As well as a the big Sinar 10x8 and 5x4" cameras used for making colour transparencies, Austin always had a few 35mm cameras with him to make what were often snapshots of the visual artists whose work he was documenting.  Originally consigned to his unprinted snapshot collection these were eventually looked at as a separate body of work following the Howard Taylor portraits of 1988 and 1995, and resurrected again during the preparation for John Austin Survey II exhibition in 2017 and 2018.

Austin's pictures of musicians were mainly photographed in 35mm from the outset, but there are some square negs he is currently trawling through.

Austin's next planned artists portriats are to be Southern Forest and Wheatbelt artists.  This will be part of the planned collection of Wheatbelt portfolios.

  • Artists Portraits 1981-2020
 Howard Taylor Artist Portrait Northcliffe studio 1988, artist portrait - © John Austin  Howard Taylor Artist Portrait Northcliffe studio 1988, artist portrait - © John Austin  Howard Taylor Artist Portrait Northcliffe 1988, artist portrait - © John Austin  Howard Taylor Perth 1988 artist portrait - © John Austin
Greg James Scuiptor  Artist Portrait Fremantle 2000 artist portrait - © John Austin Greg James Sculptor and Debbie Ludlam Artist Portrait Fremantle 2000 artist portrait7E19.jpg - © John Austin Cathy Travers composer 1987 - © John Austin Roger Smally, composer 1988 - © John Austin
Lindsay Vickery composer Perth 1989 - © John Austin John Patterson and Robert Jefferson Artist Portrait Perth 1997 - © John Austin Howard Taylor Artist Portrait Northcliffe studio 1988, artist portrait - © John Austin Rae Starr with Zero Pinhole Camera at Mandalay Beach WA 2011 - © John Austin
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