1920s A Fleeting Gleam


An atmospheric image of shipping on the Yarra River by John Kauffman, sometime in the early 1920s, looking east with the tower and dome of Flinders Street Station off in the distance. Melbourne was only ninety years old, yet was one of the major cities in the British Empire at the time.

John Kauffman was one of the primary exponents of pictorialism in Australia. One newspaper claimed that his photographs that could be "mistaken for works of art".

His beautiful rendition here of vessels, the river and the shipping industry has been executed as if looking through a tearful eye.

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Pictorialist-style image attributed to John Kauffman (1864-1942)

Notes from the State Library tell us that this image is "A view of the Yarra with tugs and small cargo vessels moored below Queen's Bridge on the south bank of the river."

This is a digitally retouched reproduction of the original held by the State Library of Victoria. All prints are reproduced without the HOTPRESS watermarks.

Our team of conservators have worked on a high resolution digital image in order to remove blemishes and artifacts such as stains, mould, scratches and damage caused by the handling of the original. We strive to provide authentic representations of the original work that are suitable for enlargements that retain the tones and character of the original.

Collections: Melbourne 1921-1940, Yarra

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