An exhibition of 21 photographs from Max Dupain’s Paris ‘private’ series will open at the Art Gallery NSW on 24 May, 2014.

The photographs were taken when he travelled to Paris in 1978 with architect Harry Seidler to photograph the Australian Embassy, designed by Seidler.  Dupain had studied the work of Eugø¨ne Atget, and there is a similar enigmatic atmosphere to be found in Dupain’s examination of the city. Primarily depicting 18th- to 19th-century landmarks such as the ornate Alexandre III bridge, the Grand Palais and Chantilly, this compilation offers a view of the city and its environs shaped by layers of history, mythology and art.

Given to the Gallery by Penelope Seidler in memory of her husband and the photographer, this portfolio is shown alongside other photographs of made and natural structures by Dupain from the 1930s to the 1980s. The photographs will be on display until 14 September, 2014. Admission is free.

The Australian vernacular photography exhibition, which is currently showing will close on 18 May. It is also free. Details at