Greg Wayn at Amcor

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Greg Wayn has been photographing the Amcor demolition site, a subject made to order for his talents.

Amcor, the former paper mills next to the Yarra river, is a enormous industrial site now being demolished to create another disappointing suburban development. In the meantime, Greg has been busy recording it on its way down. It looks like a war zone.

He has used Amcor as subject matter for different photographic approaches. What you see below are single images from separate projects, each made with a different technical or visual strategy. Click on the links below to see the complete series on his Photoworks blog.

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Greg Wayn, Disappearing,’The Amcor Factory is now in the final stages of ‘disappearing’ and I have been trying out some new ways of interpreting this stage… the following ‘fluid landscapes’ are an attempt to create a more dreamlike series of images…

 

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Greg Wayn, WallsThere are very few walls left at all at the Amcor factory site and the final stage of demolition is at hand, so I felt obliged to record what was left…

 

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Greg Wayn, B&W Images

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Greg Wayn, Last Days‘Freeform’ panoramas taken in what remains of the Amcor Factory site. It has been hard to make these work as successfully as I has wanted, but I think it is still worth making images for something that is disappearing so quickly and it has been such a dominant part of Alphington’s history…

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Wolfgang Sievers lives!

Wolfgang Sievers, Adams bronze foundry, 1968

If you love Wolfgang Sievers as much as I do – both the man and his work – then this will interest you. The National Library of Australia has the complete archive of his work online and you can scroll through it at will from your computer. This is a vast collection of images covering decades of his work, industrial, architectural, products, portraits, a privelaged insight into his long working life. It is also instructive in showing the versality that a commercial photographer needs to have.

I once began an article about him with the line “In Wolfgang Sievers’ photographs, Australia is busy”, and you can see from this collection an energetic and productive nation. Sievers was a great propagandist for development, but it was often cast in terms of the skill and labour of an individual worker, as in the image above.

The archive can been be found on the Library’s Picture Australia site here.