William Dobell – from window washer to knight of the realm

  The file holding this portrait of the great Australian artist Sir William Dobell, taken by Monte Luke Photography Studio on October 28 1957, is simply marked ‘Bill Dobell’. By the time this photograph was taken, Dobell had won the Archibald Prize, Australia’s leading portraiture award, twice. And he would win it again in 1959. Bill Dobell taken by Monte …

Staff party with a difference

Renowned Sydney photographer and 20th century identity Monte Luke established his central Sydney photography studio in 1920. Always part of the Sydney social scene – whether as a guest, the photographer or both – Monte was also quite the host. Even his staff parties were a gala occasion. I recently found this invitation to the 1928 Monte Luke Studio Staff …