Art & Industry


Wolfgang Sievers (1913-2007) is one of Australia’s pre-eminent photographers, recognised for his internationalist vision and unparalleled understanding of the relationship between arts and industry.

Sievers trained in modern photography in Berlin, heavily influenced by the philosophy of Bauhaus and the New Objectivity.  He immigrated to Australia in 1938, setting up a studio in Melbourne, specialising in architectural and industrial photography.

His approach has a documentary quality and matter-of-fact style that accentuates form and design, by working with sharp focus, strong composition, unusual camera angles and dramatic use of lighting.

Sievers combined his artistic ethos with his belief in the inherent dignity of labour.

In the 1950’s he photographed production at the Ford Motors plant in Geelong.  This project extended to a suite of photos of the corresponding Broadmeadows Car Assembly plant in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s.

Through this work, Sievers has left a legacy of powerful imagery depicting the people and environment of the heavy industrial production line. Included in this is a rare and valuable view into earlier days of industry in Hume City as well as a portrait of the predominantly migrant workforce at the time.

The selection of images in this exhibition celebrates the achievement of this remarkable artist, as well as the presence of Ford Motor Company in Hume over the past five decades and its integral role in the development of our local community.

Thursday 6 Feb 2014 - Sunday 30 March 2014

Craigieburn Gallery, Hume Global Learning Centre - Craigieburn
75-95 Central Park Avenue, Craigieburn

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Updated : 3:17 PM, 13 August 2018

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