This collection is partially digitised
Sievers, Wolfgang, 1913-2007.
Wolfgang Sievers photographic archive [picture] / Wolfgang Sievers.
ca. 13,700 photographs : b&w (some col.) ; 50.3 x 42 cm. and 42 x 50.3 cm. and smaller.ca. 51,700 negatives and transparencies : b&w and col.
Copyright restrictions may apply.
Sievers photographic archive, held by the National Library, depicts Australia's industry, mining, architecture and workforce from 1938 to 1991. Sievers was commissioned by Australia's largest companies to document their activities, including Alcoa, Australia Pulp and Paper Manufacturers, Comalco, Hamersley Iron, John Holland, John Lysaght, Shell and Vickers Ruwolt. Renowned architectural firms such as Bates, Smart and McCutcheon, Hassall & McConnell, Leith & Bartlett, Winston Hall, and Yuncken & Freeman commissioned him to document their buildings. In the 1950s Sievers received a commission from the Department of Overseas Trade with a brief to change Australia's image from a land of sheep and wool to an image of a sophisticated industrial and manufacturing nation.
Sievers is one of Australia's most significant and influential photographers. Born in Germany in 1913, he trained at the Contemporary School for the Applied Arts in Berlin (an off shoot of the famous Bauhaus School) and took architectural photographs for his father's books on Berlin's historical buildings before emigrating to Australia in 1938. He opened his own studio in Melbourne and carried on a commercial practice for some years, gradually coming to specialise in industry and architecture.
Selected items are also available in an electronic version via the Internet at: http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an24410125.
- Architecture -- Australia -- History -- 20th century -- Photographs.
- Mines and mineral resources -- Australia -- Photographs.
- Industries -- Australia -- Photographs.
- Employees -- Australia -- Photographs.
- Factories -- Australia -- Photographs.
- Buildings -- Australia -- Photographs.
- Sievers, Wolfgang, 1913-2007.
- PIC P1480-P1523, P1704, P1983-P2042 LOC Q59 *
- PIC Solander box A69 #PIC/7622/1-82
- PIC/7623/1-24, 73-225, 901-938 LOC Drawer PIC/7623
- PIC/7624/1-227 LOC Cold store PIC Siev CP
- PIC/7623/25-72 LOC Cold store PIC Siev CP
- PIC Col. negs/tranies LOC Cold store PIC Siev CN&T; Col. negs/tranies freezer LOC Cold store PIC Siev CN&T-F
- PIC b&w negs LOC Cold store PIC Siev B&WN; b&w negs-freezer LOC Cold store PIC Siev B&WN-F
- PIC b&w prints LOC PIC Album 1032/1-197
- PIC Col. prints LOC Cold store PIC Siev CP (Album 1-28)
- PIC/7624/228-422 LOC Cold store PIC Siev CP
- PIC P3429-P3453, P5563-P5817, P6169-P6170, P6549 LOC Q59