Sir George Russell Drysdale, AC (7 February 1912 – 29 June 1981) was an Australian artist. He won the prestigious Wynne Prize for Sofala in 1947, and represented Australia at the Venice Biennale in 1954. He was influenced by abstract and surrealist art, and “created a new vision of the Australian scene as revolutionary and influential as that of Tom Roberts“.
That is the opening statement on Russell Drysdale in Wikipedia. Great first line, don’t you think. He is mainly known as a painter, but my first real experience of his work was a photography exhibition at the National Gallery of Victoria in 1987 when I was working there. It is his photography that I want to talk about in this post. If you look him up you will get lots and lots of paintings, but it is pretty hard to find his photographs. I did find a Flickr account that had quite a few, so thank you tttopcat7.
To see Russell Drysdale’s photograph and mine, also to read about him, then please continue reading here.