Le Guay Fashion
Fashion Photography Collection
Le Guay (Australian, 1917-1990)
Fashion Photography Collection, 1950s-1960s. Collection of 80
vintage silver gelatin photographs, sizes ranging from 12 x 18cm
to 26 x 30cm. In good condition, except for minor handling creases
on some photographs.
Le Guay studio.
Laurence Le Guay (Australian, 1917-1990)
This collection appears to be the largest surviving group of
Le Guays fashion photographs. These photographs cover a
range of Australian fashion from swimwear to evening wear, available
at stores during the 1950s and 1960s.
Awarded the Commonwealth
Medal for his contributions towards photography in 1963, prominent
Australian photographer Le Guay commenced his career during the
1930s, with surrealist photography. He became a member of the
prestigious Sydney Camera Circle and the Contemporary Camera
Groupe. During WWII he was a war photographer for the RAAF.
After opening his studio
in George Street, Sydney he became a partner with John Nesbett
in 1947 and began to focus on fashion photography and other advertising
work until the closure of the studio during the early 1970s.
Up to this time Le Guay
was Sydneys leading fashion photographer. He then concentrated
on publishing books on his photography, editing photographic
books and magazines, and giving lectures. (Ref: Newton, Shades
of Light, 1998)
* Laurence Le Guay Fashion Collection: featured as a separate