SHMITH, Athol (1914-1990)
. Chloro-bromide print on heavy stock, 380 x 310 mm. Artist’s label verso: Athol L. Shmith, F.R.S.A., A.R.P.S., Modern Photography. The Warwick, / 75a Fitzroy Street / St. Kilda S2, / Melbourne. / Windsor 7141, with typed details Title: THE PIONEER / Process: CHLORO-BROMIDE. / Details: Studio Camera, S.S. Pan Film; Cooke Tele Lens, Vitava paper. No. 6 Class A.; with a second printed label Cape of Good Hope International Salon of Photography 1936, / “Accepted and Hung” (torn and with loss) and a third printed label Accepted and hung at the Sixth Irish Salon of Photography Dublin, 1937. Condition: wear at each corner, some surface loss at right edge.
Note: This was a publicity photograph for the Australian film Heritage (1935), directed by Charles Chauvel. The subject is the film’s lead actor, Franklyn Bennett.
Private collection, Melbourne
Provenance: Athol Shmith (1914-1990); gift of the artist to the present owner.