Spanning three continents & twenty years, ‘Woldendorp: A Black and White Retrospective’ celebates the early photographic life and career of Richard Woldendorp AM.
These rarely seen black&white images - printed by Woldendorp through the 1950’s, 60s & 70s.
Freelancing as a professional photographer since 1962, Woldendorp’s images include an array of portraiture of iconic Australian artists and politicians in their prime. Woldendorp’s home state of WA is a strong focus, capturing the Swan River, back yards of Kalgoorlie, stations and mining tenements of the Pilbara humanity, nature and the built environment during these tumultuous times.
Throughout these images, we observe his eye for aerial photography evolving.
Born in Holland in 1927, Woldendorp studied design and painting. He immigrated to Australia in 1951 and bought his first camera in 1955. Prize wins in a photography competition allowed him to become a professional photographer going on to produce 23 books.