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Paul Strand

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Along with Edward Weston and Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand was one of the defining masters of early American modernist photography. Strand was introduced to photography by the renowned social documentarian Lewis Hine, who instilled in him an understanding of the photograph as a powerful tool that should be used for the betterment of humanity. Finding his own vision, in the early 20th century Strand began taking the photographs for which he is best known: scenes of urban hustle and bustle, formal abstractions, and street portraits.

Maxwell Dupain Spencer

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Maxwell Spencer Dupain is regarded as one of Australia’s greatest photographers. He stressed simplicity and directness in his work, creating images of sharp focus, boldness and graphic composition. He was one of the earliest and most outstanding champions of modernism in Australia.

Dupain’s working life spans decades of commercial and artistic success, and photographic genres. His repertoire includes landscapes, beaches, nudes, still life and architecture. His particular love of the latter, coupled with his carefully set up symmetries made him the pre-eminent photographer of Australian architecture for more than 50 years.

However, Dupain is best known for his photographs of Australians, particularly their beach culture. A dedicated patriot, he believed in clearly and simply showing Australia’s way of life. His 1937 photograph Sunbaker is arguably his most famous work. For many, it is an iconic image of what it means to be Australian.

Dupain tirelessly photographed his beloved homeland, and in particular, Sydney, leaving a legacy of more than one million photographs. His work has been collected by most major Australian galleries, and private collectors world-wide.

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2015: The Year in Photos ( 3 )

A building and a large screen are seen through thick smog in Beijing December 8, 2015 as China's capital issues its first ever "red alert" for pollution. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - RTX1XOBB

A building and a large screen are seen through thick smog in Beijing December 8, 2015 as China's capital issues its first ever "red alert" for pollution. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj - RTX1XOBB
A building and a large screen are seen through thick smog in Beijing on December 8, 2015, as China’s capital issued its first ever “red alert” for pollution. Damir Sagolj / Reuters


Guillaume Rolland of France stands on the line during the Highline Extreme event in Moleson, Switzerland, on September 25, 2015. European best slackliners competed on six different lines ranging from 45 meters (148 feet) to 495 meters (1,624 feet). Denis Balibouse / Reuters


A Palestinian boy sleeps on a mattress inside the remains of his family’s house, that witnesses said was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 50-day war in 2014, during a sandstorm in Gaza on September 8, 2015. A heavy sandstorm swept across parts of the Middle East on Tuesday, killing two people and hospitalizing hundreds in Lebanon and disrupting fighting and air strikes in neighbouring Syria. Suhaib Salem / Reuters


Enthusiast Desirae Hepp, dressed as “Immortan Joe” from the movie Mad Max, poses for a portrait during the Wasteland Weekend event in California City, California, on September 26, 2015. Mario Anzuoni / Reuters


A tourist poses for photographs in front of the rising sun at a resort in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China, on October 3, 2015. China Daily / Reuters


Residents wait for rescue helicopters in a residential area flooded by the Kinugawa River, caused by Typhoon Etau, in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, on September 10, 2015. At least eight people were killed after rivers burst their banks in cities north of Tokyo following days of heavy rain. Kyodo / Reuters


A Dutch volunteer tries to comfort a migrant moments after arriving aboard a raft at a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos, on October 23, 2015. Yannis Behrakis / Reuters


A woman from Syria waits to cross the border with Croatia near the village of Berkasovo, Serbia, on October 21, 2015. Marko Djurica / Reuters


Vehicles sit stuck in a traffic jam near a toll station as people return home at the end of the week-long National Day holiday in Beijing, China, on October 6, 2015. Fifty lanes (at bottom) vie for 25 toll gates, then constrict down to a five-lane bottleneck (at top). China Daily / Reuters


A boy displays the winners’ medal given to him by Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand after the Rugby World Cup Final against Australia, at Twickenham in London, on October 31, 2015. Henry Browne / Reuters


A panorama stitched from several images of the surface of Mars, taken by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 1174 (November 25, 2015). Curiosity has now been exploring Mars for more than 3 years. JPL-Caltech / NASA


Women practice yoga during a performance on a glass bridge in the Shiniuzhai National Geo-park in Pingjiang County, Hunan Province, China, on November 5, 2015. China Daily / Reuters


Rime ice extends several feet horizontally from a sign marking the summit of 5,774-foot Mount Adams, the second highest mountain in New England, on November 17, 2015, in northern New Hampshire. Monday’s freezing fog and strong winds formed the rime ice, creating a winter wonderland above treeline in New Hampshire’s aptly named White Mountains. Robert F. Bukaty / AP


A 3-month-old female giant panda cub is photographed at the Giant Panda Conservation Center at the National Zoo in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on November 17, 2015. Joshua Paul / AP


Fernando Soberania uses a tool to scrape layers of gum from Seattle’s famous “gum wall” at Pike Place Market on November 10, 2015. Tourists and locals have been sticking their used chewing gum on the walls of a section of Post Alley for the past 20 years, and although the walls will be cleaned down to bare brick, officials expect the gum-sticking tradition will quickly return. Ted S. Warren / AP


A message that reads: “In the name of what?” and a rose is placed through a bullet hole in a window at the restaurant on Rue de Charonne, Paris, on November 15, 2015, where attacks took place on November 13. ISIS claimed responsibility for the attacks on a stadium, a concert hall, and Paris cafes that left 130 people dead and over 350 wounded. Frank Augstein / AP


A Belgian soldier patrols a shopping street in central Brussels as police search the area during a continued high level of security following the recent deadly Paris attacks, on November 24, 2015. Yves Herman / Reuters


A view of burned stumps as peatland forest is cleared by burning for a palm oil plantation at a company’s grounds on November 1, 2015, in the outskirts of Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. The air pollution or haze has been an annual problem for the past 18 years in Indonesia. It’s caused by the illegal burning of forest and peat fires on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo to clear new land for the production of pulp, paper, and palm oil. Desperate civilians at the epicenter of Indonesia’s haze crisis are taking the fight into their own hands, using whatever meager resources they have to confront the fires ravaging their communities as they tire of waiting for the government to take action. This disaster has been exacerbated by this year’s long dry season, triggered by the El Nino weather phenomenon. Ulet Ifansasti / Getty


Volunteers walk on a massive pile of lifejackets left behind by refugees and migrants who arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos after crossing the Aegean Sea from Turkey on December 3, 2015. Aris Messinis / AFP / Getty


Gyrocopters fly over Dubai during the World Air Games 2015, on December 9, 2015. Karim Sahib / AFP / Getty


Elin Harvey, 6, plays in snow for the first time near Norden, California, on December 5, 2015. An El Nino is forecasted for California, and regular precipitation has been welcomed after years of drought. Max Whittaker / Reuters

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2015: The Year in Photos ( 2 )

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 file photo, a Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the on-going trash crisis and alleged government corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015 file photo, a Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the on-going trash crisis and alleged government corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

A Lebanese anti-government protester holds a placard during a demonstration against the ongoing trash crisis and alleged government corruption, in Beirut, Lebanon, on August 29, 2015. Hussein Malla / AP


A group of 1,000 customers receive a facial massage at a sports center in Jinan, Shandong province, China, on May 4, 2015. The women were given a 30 minute, facial beauty treatment together that achieved a Guinness record for the largest group of people having beauty treatments in the same location, according to local media. Reuters


Seals dressed in military uniforms swim during a show marking the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, at an aquatic park in the Siberian city of Irkutsk, Russia, on May 9, 2015. Evgeny Kozyrev / Reuters


Rohingya migrants stand and sit on a boat drifting in Thai waters off the southern island of Koh Lipe, in the Andaman Sea, on May 14, 2015. The boat crammed with scores of Rohingya migrants—including many young children—was found drifting in Thai waters on May 14, according to an AFP reporter at the scene, with passengers saying several people had died over the last few days. Christophe Archambault / AFP / Getty


An Afghan girl plays with a rope on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, on May 18, 2015. Mohammad Ismail / Reuters


A protester wears grass around his face to obscure his identity during a protest against President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to run for a third term, in Bujumbura, Burundi, on May 11. 2015. Goran Tomasevic / Reuters


Bon-chan, a 19-year-old male African spurred tortoise weighing about 70 kilograms (154 pounds), walks with his owner Hisao Mitani on a street in the town of Tsukishima in Tokyo, on June 10, 2015. Bon-chan loves fruit and vegetables and is often offered carrot and cabbage pieces by cheering neighbors when he is out. Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP / Getty


Brandon Risher, left, is pulled away by a friend as he cries over the casket of his grandmother, Ethel Lance, following her burial service on June 25, 2015, in Charleston, South Carolina. Lance was one of the nine people killed in the shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston. David Goldman / AP


Syrians fleeing the war rush through broken-down border fences to enter Turkish territory illegally, near the Turkish border crossing at Akcakale, in Sanliurfa province, on June 14, 2015. Turkey said it was taking measures to limit the flow of Syrian refugees into its territory after an influx of thousands more over the past days due to fighting between Kurds and jihadists. Under an “open-door” policy, Turkey has taken in more than 1.8 million Syrian refugees since the conflict in Syria erupted in 2011. Bulent Kilic / AFP / Getty


A thunderstorm passes northwest of the Las Vegas Strip on July 6, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The monsoon storm dropped heavy rain and hail in parts of the valley, causing street flooding and power outages. Ethan Miller / Getty


The United States Women’s National Team celebrates with the trophy after they beat Japan 5-2 in the FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer championship in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on July 5, 2015. Elaine Thompson / AP


From left, Sisters Margaret Kerry, Mary Thecla, and Kathleen Lang of the Order of the Daughters of St. Paul pray outside the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, on June 19, 2015. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called for the death penalty for Dylann Storm Roof, age 21, of Lexington, South Carolina, if he is found guilty of murdering nine people during a prayer meeting at the church. Among the dead was the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, the pastor of the church which, according to the National Park Service, is the oldest black congregation in America south of Baltimore. Chip Somodevilla / Getty


he shock wave of a T-38C supersonic jet flying over the Mojave Desert in California is seen in this NASA schlieren image released on August 25, 2015. Researchers used NASA-developed image processing software to remove the desert background, then combined and averaged multiple frames to produce a clear picture of the shock waves. Schlieren imaging reveals shock waves due to air-density gradient and the accompanying change in refractive index, according to a NASA news release. NASA / Reuters


An Asian elephant swims in a 65-meter-long pool at Fuji Safari Park in Susono, at the foot of Mount Fuji, southwest of Tokyo, on July 13, 2015. Koji Ueda / AP


A man fires a weapon as he dances during a traditional excursion near the western Saudi city of Taif, on August 8, 2015. Mohamed Hwaity / Reuters


People watch a shadow-play performance at Changgyeonggung Palace in Seoul, South Korea, on May 6, 2015. Thomas Peter / Reuters


A wounded woman, left, holds the hand of another woman who is about to die just after an explosion rocked the Turkish city of Suruc, near the Syrian border on July 20, 2015, killing 28 people and wounding nearly 100 others in what Turkish authorities said appeared to be an Islamic State-inspired suicide bombing. The mid-day explosion took place at a cultural center in Suruc as a political group, the Federation of Socialist Youths, was wrapping up a news conference on plans to rebuild the Syrian city of Kobani, a witness said. Zeki Yavuzak / AP


Cleaners spray the 37-meter-tall tourism icon of the Merlion, on the resort island of Sentosa ahead of the city-state’s 50th anniversary celebrations in Singapore on July 8, 2015. Edgar Su / Reuters


An aerial picture of the site of a series of massive explosions at the Binhai new district, Tianjin, China, on August 16, 2015. The explosions the previous week in the world’s 10th-busiest port in China’s industrial northeast forced the evacuation of thousands of people after toxic chemicals were detected in the air. More than 170 people were killed, and nearly 800 people were injured. The blasts devastated a large industrial site and nearby residential areas. Reuters


Boulder County Sheriff’s Deputy Sophie Berman crouches over a small owl, taking a brief video before the bird flew away, near Rainbow Lakes, outside Nederland, Colorado, on July 21, 2015. Berman came across the raptor on a dirt road as she patrolled the area. Dan Walter / Boulder County Sheriff’s Office via AP

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2015: The Year in Photos ( 1 )

A man rescues an migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP) GREECE OUT

A man rescues an migrant from the Aegean sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Monday, April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people have died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. (Argiris Mantikos/Eurokinissi via AP) GREECE OUT

A man rescues a migrant from the Aegean Sea, in the eastern island of Rhodes, Greece, on April 20, 2015. Greek authorities said that at least three people died, including a child, after a wooden boat carrying tens of migrants ran aground off the island of Rhodes. Argiris Mantikos / AP


Lemurs eat at Qingdao Forest Wildlife World in Qingdao, Shandong province, China, on January 27, 2015. China Daily / Reuters


ESA’s comet-chasing Rosetta spacecraft made this four-image mosaic of images taken from a distance of 28 kilometers from the center of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko on January 31, 2015. European Space Agency – ESA


A passenger without pants waits for the subway train during “The No Pants Subway Ride” in Mexico City on January 11, 2015. The event, the fifth organized in Mexico, is an annual flash mob and occurs in different cities around the world, according to its organizers. Edgard Garrido / Reuters


Ebola survivor and nurse’s aid Benetha Coleman comforts an infant girl with Ebola symptoms in the high-risk area of the Doctors Without Borders, Ebola Treatment Unit, on January 26, 2015, in Paynesville, Liberia. Ebola survivors have immunity to the strain of the disease which infected them. The baby’s blood test later came out as negative. John Moore / Getty


Cats crowd the harbor on Aoshima Island in the Ehime Prefecture in southern Japan on February 25, 2015. An army of cats rules the remote island in southern Japan, curling up in abandoned houses or strutting about in a fishing village that is overrun with felines outnumbering humans six to one. Thomas Peter / Reuters


A man carries the body of his mother after what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in Marj Al Sultan, in the eastern Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syria, on February 27, 2015. Amer Almohibany / Reuters


A Kosovo man carries his baby as he crosses illegally the Hungarian-Serbian border near the village of Asotthalom on February 6, 2015. The European Union is experiencing a steep rise in the number of Kosovo citizens smuggling themselves into the affluent bloc, with 10,000 filing for asylum in Hungary in just one month this year compared to 6,000 for the whole of 2013. It follows a relaxation of travel rules allowing Kosovars to reach EU borders via Serbia and has coincided with political turmoil and street unrest in Kosovo fueled by poverty, high unemployment, and economically debilitating corruption. Laszlo Balogh / Reuters


A Russia-backed rebel rests as a dog eats from a can in Debaltseve, Ukraine, on February 20, 2015. After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of Debaltseve fell to Russian-backed separatists, who hoisted a flag in triumph over the town. The Ukrainian president confirmed that he had ordered troops to pull out and the rebels reported taking hundreds of soldiers captive. Vadim Ghirda / AP


Thai Buddhist monks pray and gather at Wat Dhammakaya temple in Pathum Thani province to participate in Makha Bucha Day ceremonies on March 4, 2015. Makha Bucha, a religious holiday that marks the anniversary of Lord Buddha’s mass sermon to the first 1,250 newly ordained monks 2,558 years ago. Sakchai Lalit / AP


A Russian-backed female rebel fighter watches as colleagues perform during a beauty contest involving women from the main separatist battalions in Donetsk, Ukraine, on March 7, 2015. Self-proclaimed authorities in the rebel-held Donetsk held the beauty pageant on the eve of March 8, a women’s day widely celebrated throughout the former Soviet Union. Vadim Ghirda / AP


Linebacker Taiwan Jones prepares to run a drill during Michigan State NFL football pro-day in East Lansing, Michigan, on March 18, 2015. Paul Sancya / AP


National Hot Rod Association top fuel dragster driver Larry Dixon crashes after his car broke in half during qualifying for the Gatornationals at Auto Plus Raceway on March 14, 2015, in Gainesville, Florida. Dixon walked away from the incident. Mark J. Rebilas / USA Today Sports / Reuters


A Syrian Kurdish boy sits on a destroyed tank in the Syrian town of Kobane, also known as Ain al-Arab, on March 27, 2015. ISIS fighters were driven out of Kobane on January 26 by Kurdish and allied forces. Yasin Akgul / AFP / Getty


Models showcase designs during the Maticevski Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2015 at Carriageworks in Sydney, Australia, on April 14, 2015. Ryan Pierse / Getty


A young boy walks past a makeshift barricade made of wrecked buses to obstruct the view of regime snipers and to keep people safe, on March 14, 2015, in the rebel-held side of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Syria’s conflict entered its fifth year on March 15, 2015. Karam Al-Masri / AFP / Getty


A “nail house,” the last building in the area, sits in the middle of a road under construction in Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China, on April 10, 2015. According to local media, the owner of the house didn’t reach an agreement with the local authority about compensation of the demolition. Reuters


Nepalese army personnel and a sniffer dog search for victims amidst the rubble of collapsed houses after Saturday’s earthquake in Bhaktapur, Nepal, on April 27, 2015. Navesh Chitrakar / Reuters


Girls who survived what activists said was a ground-to-ground missile attack by forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, hold hands at Aleppo’s Bab al-Hadeed district on April 7, 2015. Abdalrhman Ismail / Reuters

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