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In Glorious Black and White

In Glorious Black and White

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Amazing photographs circa 1970 from artistic photographer, Douglas Thompson. Hard Cover photography book consisting of 132 pages of 3 groups: pictorial, nudes and Japan. 108 high quality full page photographs. 30.5 x 30.5 book dimensions.

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Douglas Thompson
Douglas (Brian) Thompson B. Stanthorpe Queensland 1932. Trained in a Southport studio and self-studied. Joined the R.A.A.F. as a photographer and served 6 years 1950 -56 inc. 3 1/2 years as an instructor at the R.A.A.F School of Photography, at the time, the only photographic school in Australia. He spent 6 years in London where he widened his skills, particularly in his growing interest in creative nude photography. On moving to Sydney he became a prominent commercial/illustrative photographer specializing in arts and crafts. He also, for some time, conducted classes in photography. His illustrations for the book ‘Australian Pottery’ drew great acclaim. His work has appeared in many books, magazines, exhibition catalogues and other publications.

In 1967 he became the first Australian photographer to be published in the prestigious Grossbild “International Photo Technik” and subsequently in other of their publications inc. “The School of Nude Photography” and their International compilations. His photographs and articles appeared in “Australian Photography” and other publications in both Australia and overseas inc. Germany, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S.A. In 1970 he travelled to Japan as a major prize winner in the Asahi Pentax World Photo Contest, where he took many photographs.

He held 7 solo exhibitions in Sydney, the first at the Thorburn Gallery being on the earlier solo exhibitions and probably the first to be entirely of the nude. Others were at the Coventry Gallery, the Holds worth Gallery, a city A.N.Z.Bank, the Cutcliffe Gallery and the Goodman Gallery. His exhibition at the Cutcliffe was favourably reviewed by Max Dupain who was particularly taken by the nudes saying, in part, in his review ……. they are also very beautiful with an old-fashioned philosophy of beauty portraying the mystique of the young slender body of the nymphete. A symbol of perfection adorned with nothing but light. …S.M.H 4/2 /81.

His driving force has always been his creative work, the commercial work being of financial necessity. He strongly believes that to be a true photographer one must perform all the tasks in producing the final print from exposure through negative processing to the final printing. He has therefore always carried out all his own work, Now retired he has learned digital processing and has converted many of his negatives to digital images to make, the now preferred, archival digital prints. His work is held in many collections inc. the National Portrait Gallery of Australia, the National Library of Australia, the State Library of Victoria, the State Library of Queensland, the Queensland Art Gallery, Mitchell Library in Sydney and many private collections.

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